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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
     

 

 

 

 

 

Status of park facilities   

Trails at both park accesses are open, but the visitor center and all restrooms are CLOSED. Park gates close at sunset.

All events and programs have been CANCELED until further notice.

Visitors who are not in Dare County: Please note that the Dare County Control Group has made the decision to restrict visitor access to Dare County as of March 17. Checkpoints will be established at entry points to Dare County and NO VISITORS will be allowed access.

 Last updated on: Friday, March 20, 2020

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.

 

This event has been canceled.

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:
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center back deck

This event has been canceled.

Explore the park after hours with a ranger. Search for signs of life through the dunes. The nightlife can get wild. After the hike, enjoy our favorite campfire treat, S'MORES.  This wonderful treat is provided to you by the park. Pre-registration is required. There is a maximum of 15 participants. Please call the park's visitor center or email Ranger Austin Paul at austin.paul@ncparks.gov to register. The park's main entrance will remain open to accommodate registered hikers only.

Date of Event:
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 8:00pm to 9:15pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

This event has been canceled.

Join a ranger for a discussion on all Jockey's Ridge: the habitats, the history, the animals, and some other interesting aspects of the park.

Date of Event:
Sun, 04/05/2020 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center auditorium

This event has been canceled.

Join a ranger for a leisurely 1 mile walk along the sound nature trail and experience all 3 habitats of Jockey’s Ridge. The hike is easy to moderate because the trail is sandy. Wear comfortable shoes. Hike usually lasts 45 minutes to an hour.

Date of Event:
Mon, 04/06/2020 - 10:00am to 11:00pm
Start Location:
Soundside access

This event has been canceled.

The North Carolina State Parks 2020 interpretive theme is "Year of Fire." Join us and learn more about the beneficial role of a controlled burn. It will truly spark wonder.

Date of Event:
Wed, 04/08/2020 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center auditorium