Jockey's Ridge State Park
Jockey's Ridge State Park
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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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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  • Kim H
    Mint Hill, North Carolina214 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see when in Nags Head
    Wish we would have brought some boards to go down the dunes but they are beautiful! Easy to walk out the boardwalk to see the first set then do a little climbing to see the others. Definitely recommend for couples or families.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 June 2023
  • Roving38480326694
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit in the OBX
    Always fun going to Jockey's Ridge. Not only are the views amazing, but you will usually get enough wind any time of the day to fly a kite. Although parts of the dunes may be a little difficult to climb, it does give you a good workout.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Cheryl J
    Indianapolis, Indiana541 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you love Dunes this is a great stop!
    Beautiful visitors center with informative displays and clean bathrooms. Nice hikes around and over dunes! Can see both the ocean and the sound from the top of dunes. Beautiful views. Foot washing stations at the end when you arrive back.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Rachel R
    Farmington Hills, Michigan15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A sandy afternoon
    Jockey's Ridge was a cool experience! It rained in the morning, so the sand was wet and wasn't blowing too much with the pleasant wind. We traversed the whole dune area down to the water, and the views were breathtaking. I would highly recommend going for an hour or more. There is an area to clean the sand off when you come back in with a restroom and a little ice cream shop where you can pay to take hang gliding lessons.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Joyce R
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sand boarding, kite flying, calm shallow swimming beach
    There is no charge to enter the park or to park. We went to try sand boarding. It was more successful for some in our family than others. We found waxing the board after each slide worked best. It also seemed as though the heavier the surfer the better success they had. It cost $25 to rent a board for 4 hours. The sand gets very hot so make certain you wear shoes. We also flew kites from the top of the dunes. Great wind. Great flying. We saw some people trying hang gliding but we did not try that. Another day we went there to the sound side beach to swim as the ocean side was very windy and rough. The beach and the water was very calm. However it was very shallow when we were there. It did not get deep for almost 1/2 mile out. It was mostly knee to waist deep on an adult. There were also times when the water had quite a bit of grass floating on it near the shore areas. However, beyond the grass it was lovely to float in the water especially with a noodle or tube. It would be a great place to take young children or someone who needed shallow quiet water for any reason.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 September 2023
  • Yea W
    Houston, Texas178 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice sand dunes in NC!
    I heard about this place on Instagram years ago and forgot about it. I bought a travel action and this place was on the list so I had to make the trek. It was certainly worth it. It was a cloudy and cold day when I visited but still good. If I'm ever in that area again, I'll make the trip there, hoping it'll be better weather.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 March 2024
  • tennesseeangie
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow! Never seen anything like this before!
    On top of the HUGE dune is a perfect place to watch the sunset! Such a fun and unusual experience! Websites all said the park was open 8 AM to 8 PM - but it was open to 9 PM, allowing time for us to see the sunset. A little bit of climb up to get there, but totally worth it!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 May 2024
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tennesseeangie
Harrison, Tennessee2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
On top of the HUGE dune is a perfect place to watch the sunset! Such a fun and unusual experience! Websites all said the park was open 8 AM to 8 PM - but it was open to 9 PM, allowing time for us to see the sunset. A little bit of climb up to get there, but totally worth it!
Written 14 May 2024
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RBonTheLake
York, SC643 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We didn’t get the lure to this park. We did see some school children taking cardboard to slide down the dune. But we didn’t see the need to walk on soft sand to the top of the dune. They have hang gliding lessons here also. There’s no charge to enter.
Written 12 May 2024
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LaMisha C
Virginia Beach, VA43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Me and my daughter loved the Dunes. It’s beautiful and it was a great workout for us the get to the top of the dunes in the sand!
Written 7 April 2024
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Misty
Charlotte, NC56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Neat park to fly kites. This is also the start to the Mountains to Sea trail. My son really enjoyed taking his kite and flying it.
Written 1 April 2024
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Yea W
Houston, TX178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I heard about this place on Instagram years ago and forgot about it. I bought a travel action and this place was on the list so I had to make the trek. It was certainly worth it. It was a cloudy and cold day when I visited but still good. If I'm ever in that area again, I'll make the trip there, hoping it'll be better weather.
Written 11 March 2024
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Travelfamily2
Delray Beach, FL20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Was a little disappointed that the sand dunes are so much smaller then years ago. Not sure if it due to weather or the buildup of the city around it. Have hope that they will restore them to what I remembered from my childhood.
Written 7 March 2024
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HarvestRecreations
Pigeon Forge, TN122 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
There is not a lot to look at. I went decades ago and walked out to a huge sand dune. Maybe this time I went to the wrong place, but now the ridge is all over grown with shrubs and weeds so its not pure sand. There is a view deck we walked out to and thought, wheres all the sand. Maybe I'm missing something? People used to hand glide off the dune, can they still do that? Don't know where!
Written 30 January 2024
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trojan77
Gainesville, GA420 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We went there to fly kites but lacked a pervailing wind to get them aloft. No barefeet here as there is tons of hot sand to trudge through to get to the dunes.
Written 4 October 2023
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Zak
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Worse vacation ever. Food is terrible, there is absolutely nothing to do!! Nothing!! Worse waste of money I ever spent.
Written 25 September 2023
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Kim H
Mint Hill, NC214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Beautiful views, so easy to access the dunes. Lots of walking in sand so make sure you are ready for that. Had a blast!
Written 18 September 2023
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