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Events and Programs

Jockey's Ridge State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.

 

Join park staff for a leisurely walk along Soundside Nature Trail to explore the coastal habitats of North Carolina.  Meet at the sound access parking area on West Soundside Road. Bring water and  snacks. Sections of the trail are open areas, bring hat and sunscreen. The hike is approximately one mile.

Date of Event:
Wed, 04/05/2017 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Sound Access Parking Area on West Soundside Road

While stunning scenery is often found at Jockey’s Ridge, wildlife viewing can be more elusive. Join park staff for a talk about animals found around the park. Learn about their unique adaptations and behaviors that help them survive in our coastal habitats. Meets at the visitor center.

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/15/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Jockey's Ridge offers a view into preservation projects of the past as well as restoration projects. On Earth Day, join us for this 1.5 mile hike to look at the decisions and science involved in the management of public lands.

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/22/2017 - 11:30am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

The ospreys make their return to the Outer Banks each spring. This is one of the areas most watched raptor species and with its long migration routes, it is seen in six continents. Join us for a short presentation and information on viewing ospreys on nearby platforms.

Date of Event:
Sat, 05/06/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join park staff for a leisurely walk along Soundside Nature Trail to explore the coastal habitats of North Carolina.  Meet at the sound access parking area on West Soundside Road. Bring water and  snacks. Sections of the trail are open areas, bring hat and sunscreen. The hike is approximately one mile.

Date of Event:
Mon, 05/08/2017 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Sound Access Parking Area on West Soundside Road
Contact:

Jockey's Ridge State Park

300 W. Carolista Drive
Nags HeadNC 27959
Phone252-441-7132
jockeys.ridge@ncparks.gov
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