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Jockey's Ridge State Park
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Status of park facilities as of June 23   

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.

Trails and restrooms at both park accesses are open, but the visitor center remains closed at this time.

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

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

 Last updated on: Tuesday, June 23, 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.

 

Come “meet” some of the animals of Jockey's Ridge, learn what makes them special and discover how to best share this land that is home to us all.  Meet on the back deck of the Visitor Center for an introduction, tips, and your first critter clue.  After that you will be turned loose to discover more animal friends on your own.  Park staff will be on site for the duration to answer questions and help when necessary.  This program is entirely outdoors and takes about an hour.  Please bring water and dress appropriately.  Appropriate for families, adults wanting to remember the wonders of childhood, and children 12 and up if not accompanied by an adult.

Date of Event:
Fri, 07/10/2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center back deck

Jockey's Ridge State Park is "burning to conserve!"  Stop by the pavilion and join a ranger to learn about the benefits of prescribed burning.  Check out a video slide show on laptop, documenting  our most recent burn.  It'll ignite a passion for the natural world.  

Date of Event:
Sun, 07/12/2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Start Location:
Pavilion (beside main dune access/Visitor Center parking lot)

Yes, Jockey's Ridge State Park is one of our state's great wonders, but there are even more of these unique landscapes across the planet. Stop by and discover more!

Date of Event:
Mon, 07/13/2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
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:
Thu, 07/23/2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Start Location:
Soundside access

Come out and celebrate National Track Trails Day with a ranger!  Kids from all over the country will be participating in this annual event.  Explore through a section of the dunes, searching for signs of life, which inhabit the park's unique landscape.  For more information on track trails, check out kidsinparks.com.  For additional information, please contact Ranger Austin Paul at austin.paul@ncparks.gov.  

Date of Event:
Sat, 08/15/2020 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center