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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.


A presentation at the park's visitor center on the history of the area before and following the designation as one of our state parks.

Date of Event:
Wed, 02/21/2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join us for the one mile hike on the first day of spring. We'll hike the loop of Soundside Nature Trail that traces through the shrub thicket and along Roanoke Sound. Along the way, we'll look for signs of spring and listen for returning ospreys.

Date of Event:
Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Soundside Road Access

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:
Tue, 03/27/2018 - 8:00am
Start Location:
Soundside Road Access - W. Soundside Road

The ospreys complete their return flight 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 nesting on nearby platforms.

Date of Event:
Wed, 03/28/2018 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join us to use an app to document the flora and fauna living within the park. With this technology, participants can help identify based on uploaded photographs. The event will occur throughout the day (8am - 8pm). To learn more about the app and the park, join us at 10am for a presentation and short hike.


Jockey's Ridge Bioblitz:

Date of Event:
Thu, 04/05/2018 - 8:00am to 8:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Jockey's Ridge State Park

300 W. Carolista Drive
Nags HeadNC 27959
Latitude: 35.964200
Longitude: -75.633000

Park Hours:

November - February: 8am - 6pm
March, April: 8am - 8pm
September: 8am - 9pm
October: 8am - 8pm
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