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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.


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, 07/27/2017 - 8:00pm
Start Location:
Top of the Main Dune

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:
Fri, 07/28/2017 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center Ages: 6+

Do you wonder how Jockey's Ridge State Park got its name?  How about Bodie Island, Nags Head or Kill Devil Hills?  Learn the legends and facts about how local landmarks and towns got their names.  

Date of Event:
Fri, 07/28/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Park staff will put real and replica items on display that give insight to the animals that are native to Jockey's Ridge State Park.  Stop in to view and hear the life histories.  Staff will be available for one hour.

Date of Event:
Sat, 07/29/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a ranger to learn all about spiders.  This year is the "Year of the Spider" at NC State Parks and we'll host both talks and activities.  


Date of Event:
Mon, 07/31/2017 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Jockey's Ridge State Park

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

Park Hours:

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