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.
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.
With the inlets always changing, so do the barrier islands. Bodie Island today extends to include the area of Jockey's Ridge. Join us for a presentation on these changes and the history of Bodie Island. Meets at the Jockey's Ridge State Park visitor center.
Many begin their venture to the dunes along the park's boardwalk. Join us for a short walk to view flora and fauna along this route and see where the dunes begin.
Be among the first to climb Jockey's Ridge in 2018. We'll hike out from the visitor center, enjoy the view, and then return. The entire route will be a round trip of approximately one mile. Come prepared to walk sandy areas and be outdoors for an hour.
Join a park ranger to learn the basics of kayaking and enjoy learning some park natural and cultural history while paddling in the Roanoke Sound. We will be using sit-on-top tandem kayaks or you can bring your own. Pre-registration is required. Please leave contact phone number in case of cancellation due to bad weather. Limit of 12 people. Be prepared to get wet. Please wear closed toed shoes and all participants will be required to wear PFD. Water, sunscreen and a hat are recommended. Minimum age is 6 years old and all 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Approximate length is 1 hour.
Jockey's Ridge State Park
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