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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 mix of the local legends with introductory lessons in navigation.  The program prepares all for a basic orienteering course through a section of the park.  Call ahead to register.

Date of Event:
Thu, 07/19/2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center Ages: 6+

Come learn about fish on the Outer Banks and complete a hands-on activity involving paint, fish replicas, and paper. Please call the park to register, program will be open to a limited number.

Date of Event:
Thu, 07/19/2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Enjoy the grandeur of the evening sky from atop the largest active dune on the Atlantic Coast.  The program covers dune formation and evolution as well as local legends.  Meet at the dunes, at the park utility vehicle.

Date of Event:
Thu, 07/19/2018 - 8:00pm
Start Location:
Top of the Main Dune

Join Jockey's Ridge staff to celebrate the NC Parks "Year of the Fish" by learning how to tie some of the most popular fishing knots.  Visitors will practice with hands on activities to learn some of the strongest and most common knots for fishing in the Outer Banks.  Sign-up is not required.  Classes last about 1 hr.

Date of Event:
Fri, 07/20/2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join us to learn about the impact of coyotes in Dare County.

Date of Event:
Fri, 07/20/2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Jockey's Ridge State Park

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

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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