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.
The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.
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; register at the private hang-gliding concession located near the park visitor's center.
Sandboarding and Kiteboarding
Work on your tan in the sunning area of the estuarine access at the base of the dune along Roanoke Sound or let the wind be your guide as you enjoy kiteboarding. There's also a designated site for sandboarding, which is allowed October 1 through March 31. If your sand board has foot bindings, a free permit is required and may be obtained from the park office.
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.
Jockey's Ridge State Park
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