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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. 

The Visitors' Center and Museum are now open at 50% capacity! Please follow the 3-Ws and any posted guidelines. 

Trails and restrooms at both park accesses are open.

We are offering limited programming, please call the park for more details.

With 24-hour advance notice, 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: Wednesday, September 9, 2020


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 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
     

 

 

 

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.

 

 A presentation will be held in the park's visitor center on the history of Jockey's Ridge. The talk will include information on coastal sand dunes, natural communities of the coast, and recreational opportunities. 

Date of Event:
Sun, 11/29/2020 - 10:00am to 10:45am
Start Location:
Visitor Center auditorium

Join a ranger for a leisurely 1-mile loop hike along the Soundside Nature Trail.  Get out, explore, and learn more about the park's natural world.  

Date of Event:
Sun, 11/29/2020 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm
Start Location:
Soundside access parking area

Ascend the ridge with a ranger!  Learn more about dune life and just how unique the park really is.  Take in the view, it'll be a lasting memory.
 

Date of Event:
Mon, 11/30/2020 - 10:00am to 10:45am
Start Location:
Pavilion (beside main dune access/Visitor Center parking lot)

 A presentation will be held in the park's visitor center on the history of Jockey's Ridge. The talk will include information on coastal sand dunes, natural communities of the coast, and recreational opportunities. 

Date of Event:
Mon, 11/30/2020 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center auditorium

Want to ascend the ridge under a full moon?  Take a hike with a ranger and experience the park after dark.  The classic campfire tradition of s'mores will follow after the hike.  Treats provided by the Friends of Jockey's Ridge.  Preregistration is required.  There is a maximum of 15 participants, so call, email, or simply stop by the park's Visitor Center to register. The park's main entrance will remain open to accommodate registered hikers only.

Date of Event:
Mon, 11/30/2020 - 5:30pm to 6:45pm
Start Location: