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Jockey's Ridge State Park

The big dune at Jockey's Ridge State Park
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July 4th Special Instructions   

Soundside Road park access will close at the normal 7:00pm time. No parking will be allowed at this location after 7:00pm.

Park visitors will be allowed to remain in the main parking and dune area to view organized fireworks in the distance from Nags Head Pier and Manteo waterfront locations. Rangers will be patrolling regularly, so please be advised that personal fireworks and alcohol are prohibited and unlawful at Jockey’s Ridge State Park.

As soon as the organized fireworks from Manteo and Nags Head Pier have finished, visitors will be asked to make their way to their vehicles to exit the park. It will be dark at this time - flashlights are highly recommended. Cars will be directed to exit RIGHT ONLY from the park main entrance.

 Posted on: Monday, June 27, 2016 - 3:13pm

Jockey's Ridge State Park

The tallest living sand dune on the Atlantic coast is a premier location for kites, sightseeing and sunsets, with a view arcing from the ocean to Roanoke Sound. A visitor center with museum and 360-foot boardwalk with exhibits explain the dune’s ecology and are a gradual entry to the massive dune field. Sandboarding is welcome with permit and hang-gliding is available through a vendor. Shoes and sun protection are recommended. By calling ahead 24-hours in advance, it’s possible for mobility-impaired visitors to schedule a ride in our all-terrain-vehicle to the top of the dunes. The soundside access of the park is a different experience offering sunbathing, wading, paddling and a one-mile nature trail that opens onto wetlands, grassy dunes and maritime thickets.

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Jockey's Ridge State Park

300 W. Carolista Drive
Nags HeadNC 27959
Latitude: 35.964200
Longitude: -75.633000

Park Hours:

November - February: 8am - 6pm
March, April, September: 8am - 8pm
October: 8am - 7pm
May - August: 8am - 9pm
Closed Christmas Day

Sound Side Access Gate
October-March: 8am - 5pm
April-September: 8am - 7pm

Park Visitor Center
November - February: 9am - 5pm
March - October: 9am - 6pm