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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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“jockey's ridge” (220 reviews)
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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 4 days ago

We hiked out on the dunes on a rainy, windy day. The park is unique and picturesque! We didn't see the wild life, but we did see animal tracks. Fun walk for families!

Thank betsyk757
Reviewed 4 days ago

One summer day in 1972, Carolista Fletcher Baum stood firmly in front of the lead bulldozer threatening to flatten the East Coast’s tallest sand dune. After several hours of a stalemate, the operator turned it off and left. Sometimes, that's all it takes. Carolista passed...More

Thank copperdragon66
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was a Great experience! The instructions were Excellent!! Such a vast Beautiful area great dunes, winds to take you aloft. Great memories!

Thank Meri T
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was a wonderful surprise. Part the entrance many times but this was our first visit. Well laid out information boards and information on the dunes. Good facilities and parking. If an English couple read this, some of their travel documentation was found there yesterday.

Thank Liz H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Two options, an easy stroll on wooden boardwalk, or climbing tallest sand dune on the east coast. Best to go early, as it can get hot on the climb. Beautiful view of the ocean and the sound.....

Thank Pat G G
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you visit this area and don't go to the sand dunes at Jockeys Ridge you are missing something special! It costs nothing to get in. You walk quite a ways through the sand and small bodies of water until you get to the big...More

Thank Enjoyingthetravel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good for hiking, a slow stroll, or Kite Gliding for the adventuresome. Instruction and rentals available. Think the Wright Brothers.. Excellent ocean and sound views from top. Woods nearby for additional exploration.. Ample parking.

Thank reelwise
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While doing R&D, it did not look like promising to me, but we went there. Glad I came as first, we thought it was okay but its more than that. After passing visitor center, you need to get down and take walk on the sand...More

3  Thank sanju_222323
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice park I go back again however I think that the kite competition was not quite what I expected. I was disappointed

Thank lindadivo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love this unusual place. Restrooms are available if you enter through the State Park entrance. No admission fee. You can see hang gliding taking place on many days. Take a piece of cardboard to use to slide own to the bottom. This is not for...More

Thank SandTrippers
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18 September 2017|
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Response from HBerke | Reviewed this property |
We got there right at 8:00 a.m. with the kids' boogie boards. They did not work at all and we dragged them in the heat. The kids were scorching down the dunes and got no traction whatsoever. Not sure if the sand wasn't dry... More
16 July 2017|
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Response from dawnbilskim | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I didn't see this message but on 158 there is a sign for the state park and there is a big parking lot there. sorry for the late response
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