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Jockey's Ridge State Park

300 W Carolista Dr, Milepost 12 on US 158 bypass, Nags Head, NC 27959
+1 252-441-7132
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Two of the highest sand dunes on the East Coast are located here, providing excellent take-off points for hang gliders.
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  • Very good20%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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300 W Carolista Dr, Milepost 12 on US 158 bypass, Nags Head, NC 27959
+1 252-441-7132
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We came to check out the park and hang glide from the sand dune. Great park, free admission, visitor center, trails , free parking and picnic reas

Thank JoAnne K
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is THE place to go for an amazing Outer Banks sunset! The sand dunes are incredible and offered a vast scenic landscape. As stated online, the sand dunes are the biggest natural dunes on the eastern coast. It's a nice walk up the dunes...More

Thank Kristy T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great little state park with large sand dunes. Lots of people go there to fly a kite and watch the sunset. Can park there or across the street. Nice late afternoon activity but you do have to climb large sand dunes!

Thank jmichel01
Reviewed 1 week ago

First off, the state parks in N.C. are free admission. We have hiked a lot of places, but this was unique and fun. Don't just run up the big dune, follow the trail out to the water and through the woods. Great views from everywhere....More

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Jockeys Ridge is amazing when you reach this top, but boy is it a hike! Going up is always the hardest but you can do it..trust me! Great views, you can fly kites and have a snack at the top. There's an observatory area for...More

Thank LMD1017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's been years since I have walked up this dune. Walking up to discover only the very top of a former putt putt castle sticking out of the sand is a delightful reminder that we are on shifting sands. As a resident of Hatteras Island,...More

Thank malia y
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Outstanding view, and the birds don't flap Thier wings to fly. They glide with the wind. Fun and educational.

Thank 504temple
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was easily our best ah ha moment visiting the Outer Banks. So very cool, like being on the moon. Great picture taking opportunities.

Thank D S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This gem boasts the tallest natural sand dune on the East Coast, and it is well worth the stop. Incredible views from the top of the dune. You climb the dunes on foot. It can be a challenge for some, but it is a sight...More

Thank Cme53
Reviewed 1 week ago

The best way to enjoy this vast and beautifully natural place is to go in the evening. Fly a kite and watch the sunset, then head across the street for ice cream.

Thank JJ L
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16 July 2017|
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Response from steemcolavita | Reviewed this property |
The best place to park is thru the park entrance. Which is a .25 mile north of Kitty Hawk kites. That is where the indoor museum, vending machine water to wash off feet, and rest rooms. The dunes close at dusk for every... More
27 May 2017|
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Response from Bruce5379 | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see any pathways suitable for strollers. If you can put your toddler in a backpack. Will take maybe 10-15 minutes
Jessica A
22 May 2017|
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Response from METT4 | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe so though there are however camp sites in the national seashore, beautiful, quiet spots.