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Jockey's Ridge State Park

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Contact the park
 

252-441-7132

jockeys.ridge@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

Visitor center

300 W. Carolista Drive
Nags Head, NC 27959

GPS: 35.9642, -75.6330

 

Soundside access

330 W. Soundside Road
Nags Head, NC 27959

GPS: 35.9525, -75.6320
 

Hours
 

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  • 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
     

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  • November to February:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • March to October:
    8:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • November to February:
    9:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • March to October:
    9:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

 

 

Status of park facilities   

Trails at both park accesses are open, but the visitor center and all restrooms are CLOSED. Park gates close at sunset.

All events and programs have been CANCELED until further notice.

Visitors who are not in Dare County: Please note that the Dare County Control Group has made the decision to restrict visitor access to Dare County as of March 17. Checkpoints will be established at entry points to Dare County and NO VISITORS will be allowed access.

 Last updated on: Friday, March 20, 2020

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.