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Current status of park facilities   

The main park entrance and dune are open from 8:00am to 9:00pm. The Soundside access and swim beach are open from 8:00am to 7:00pm. Please be advised that the parking lot at our Soundside Access fills up very quickly. We recommend arriving as early as possible as the parking lot is the only designated area where you may park to enjoy our Soundside beach area. You may be ticketed or towed if you park along Soundside Road or in any other undesignated area. Please look for alternative access sites such as those located on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. 

After 27 years, our Visitors’ Center is being renovated! Please excuse our appearance while we are remodeling. Unfortunately, the Visitors’ Center will be closed to the public during this time. However, the Park, the public restroom building located near the Visitors’ Center, and the Soundside Access will be open during normal operating hours. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Trails and restrooms at both park accesses are open. Please follow the 3-Ws and any posted guidelines. 

With 24-hour advance notice, and dependent upon weather and ranger availability, we are offering dune rides to visitors with mobility restrictions on a limited basis, please call the park for more details. 

When visiting, please follow the North Carolina State Parks Guidelines listed above. 

Please monitor this page for additional information.

 Last updated on: Sunday, June 19, 2022


Map of North Carolina – Jockey's Ridge State Park


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 7:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • October to March:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • April to September:
    8:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • The park visitor center is currently under construction for renovations and is CLOSED until next spring.
     
  • October to March:
    9:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • April to September:
    9:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

Scheduled events

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.

 

Discover who roams the park.  There are many critters who call the dunes home.  

Date of Event:
Sun, 08/14/2022 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Start Location:
Pavilion (beside main dune access/Visitor Center parking lot)

Join our staff for a paddle on the Roanoke Sound. We’ll learn about the sound and estuary portions of Jockey’s Ridge State Park. No experience necessary, but children under 13 must paddle with an adult (18 or older). Pre-registration required.  There is a maximum of 10 participants for this program.  Please contact the park's Visitor Center for details and to register at (252) 441-7132.  

Date of Event:
Mon, 08/15/2022 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Start Location:
Soundside Access, Soundside Road off 158

Park staff will be on one of the western ridges ready to provide you with information about the park.  Hike over and take in the view.  

Date of Event:
Mon, 08/15/2022 - 7:45pm to 8:30pm
Start Location:
Western ridge area (look for a green UTV)

Ascend the ridge and take in the scenery.  Learn more about dune life and just how unique the park really is.  The panoramic view will be memorable. 

Date of Event:
Tue, 08/16/2022 - 9:00am to 9:45am
Start Location:
Pavilion (beside main dune access/Visitor Center parking lot)

Jockey's Ridge is full of life!  Our park provides shelter for both plants and animals.  Stop by the pavilion and learn more about those who call the dunes home.    

Date of Event:
Tue, 08/16/2022 - 10:30am to 11:45am
Start Location:
Pavilion (beside main dune access/Visitor Center parking lot)