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Jockey's Ridge State Park

300 W. Carolista Drive
Nags Head, NC 27959

252-441-7132
jockeys.ridge@ncparks.gov

 

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GPS: 35.9642, -75.633

 

  • November to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     
  • November to February:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • March to October:
    8:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • November to February:
    9:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • March to October:
    9:00am to 6:00pm
     

Things to do

Accessible Facilities

A trip to the top of the dune, once thought impossible for those with physical disabilities, can now be achieved with the help of all-terrain vehicles. Park staff will drive people who need assistance over the sand to the exciting views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Roanoke Sound available at the top of the dune. Rides on the all-terrain vehicles must be reserved ahead of time. Contact the park office for reservations.

Interpretive tapes describing the views from the boardwalk are helpful for persons with visual impairment. Contact the park office for details.

Hiking

The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.

Hang Gliding

Fly the same skies as some of the world's most famous pilots. Years ago, Orville and Wilbur Wright took advantage of the Outer Banks' tall dunes and prevailing winds to explore the world of aviation. Today, colorful kites, model planes and hang gliders are evidence that flying is still popular on Jockey's Ridge. Year-round winds, often blowing up to 10-15 miles per hour, make Jockey's Ridge ideal for these sports.

Hang gliding is regulated by park staff for the safety of participants and other visitors. Only persons with a USHPA Hang 1 or other agency-approved rating card may hang glide on Jockey's Ridge. All hang gliders must register with the park office. Hang-gliding activity stops one hour before the park closes.

Visitors may take hang gliding lessons from the private hang-gliding concession located near the park visitor's center. Additional information can be found on the Kitty Hawk Kites website.

Picnicking

A hike to the top of the ridge can work up an appetite! The picnic area adjacent to the parking lot offers a break from the relentless wind, sun and sand. Eight picnic shelters are spaced among small dunes with low-growing vegetation. Each shelter has two tables and a grill. Drinking water and restrooms are located nearby. Use of the shelters is free unless reservations are requested.

Park Maps and Brochures:

Upcoming Events:

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 10:00am
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 10:00am
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 2:00pm