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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

Educational programs

Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Jockey's Ridge State Park. Check the Events calendar for more information. To arrange a special exploration of Jockey's Ridge State Park for your group or class, contact the park office.

Educational materials about Jockey's Ridge State Park have been developed for grades 4-6 and are correlated to North Carolina's competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts. The Jockey's Ridge program introduces students to the environment of a sand dune and the plants and animals that live on and around it. Major concepts covered include adaptations, animal signs and natural area preservation. Accompanying the program is a teacher's booklet and workshop, free of charge to educators.

 


Jockey's Ridge State Park - Dune Ranger booklet cover Download the Jockey's Ridge
Dune Ranger booklet

 

Exhibit Hall

Learn more about the natural, cultural and historical history of Jockey's Ridge State Park and the Outer Banks at the park's exhibit hall. Find out what dunes are made of, how they are created and how they are shaped. Research the history of storms and their influences on park dunes and on the Outer Banks. Learn about the plants and animals of Jockey's Ridge and about their role in the park now and how they were used in earlier days. Find out more about the various activities available on the dune. Ever wonder where the names 'Kill Devil Hills' and 'Nags Head' came from? Visit the exhibit hall to find out more about these and other legends, including Blackbeard's treasure.

The exhibit hall is located in the park visitor's center and is open from 8am until 5pm daily. Exhibits include:

  • A diorama that depicts what happens at night when the park is closed and the wildlife comes out to takes over the dune.
  • A computer program that allows visitors to see how the rising sea level created the Outer Banks and its dunes.
  • A computer program that allows visitors to research the weather at Jockey's Ridge.
  • Several matching games that allow visitors to match tracks to the animals that created them, dune names to their locations across the country, dune shapes to the shape's name, and leaf shapes to the corresponding plants.
  • A display of fulgurites, the glass tubes formed when lightning strikes a dune.