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Current status of park facilities   

The main park entrance and dune are open from 8:00am to 8:00pm. The Soundside access and swim beach are open from 8:00am to 5:00pm. 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. 

After 27 years, our Visitors’ Center is being renovated! Please excuse our appearance while we are remodeling. From May 24, 2021 until April 2022, the Visitors’ Center will be closed to the public. However, the Park, the public restroom building located near the Visitors’ Center, and the Soundside Access will be open during normal operating hours. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Trails and restrooms at both park accesses are open. Please follow the 3-Ws and any posted guidelines. 

With 24-hour advance notice, and dependent upon weather and ranger availability, 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: Monday, October 18, 2021


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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  • October to March:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • April to September:
    8:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • The park visitor center is currently under construction for renovations and is CLOSED until next spring.
     
  • October to March:
    9:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • April to September:
    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.

 

Get out and explore with a ranger our 1-mile loop hike along the Soundside Nature Trail.  Learn more about the park's natural world.  Social distancing will be required throughout the hike.

Date of Event:
Sun, 10/24/2021 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm
Start Location:
Pavilion (beside main dune access/Visitor Center parking lot)

Jockey's Ridge State Park is one of the most visited parks in North Carolina.  Ask a ranger what makes our park such an amazing natural area. Get out and see for yourself the beauty of the dunes.  

Date of Event:
Mon, 10/25/2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Pavilion (beside main dune access/Visitor Center parking lot)

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

Date of Event:
Tue, 10/26/2021 - 9:00am to 9:45am
Start Location:
Pavilion (beside main dune access/Visitor Center parking lot)

The breeze off the Roanoke is calling you to join us for an evening of spooky stories from the Tar Heel state. The glow of the campfire will light up the beach, while a ranger reveals to you some of NC’s haunted happenings. Do not worry, the chill on your bones will be warmed with s'mores afterwards (provided by Friends of Jockey's Ridge).  Preregistration is required, so call, email, or stop by the park in advance.  

Date of Event:
Wed, 10/27/2021 - 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Start Location:

Ascend the ridge with a ranger!  Learn more about dune life and just how unique the park really is.  The panoramic view will be memorable. 

Date of Event:
Mon, 11/01/2021 - 10:00am to 10:45am
Start Location:
Picnic Shelter #3