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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.


Join us for the one mile hike on the first day of spring. We'll hike the loop of Soundside Nature Trail that traces through the shrub thicket and along Roanoke Sound. Along the way, we'll look for signs of spring and listen for returning ospreys.

Date of Event:
Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Soundside Road Access

Join park staff for a leisurely walk along Soundside Nature Trail to explore the coastal habitats of North Carolina.  Meet at the sound access parking area on West Soundside Road. Bring water and  snacks. Sections of the trail are open areas, bring hat and sunscreen. The hike is approximately one mile.

Date of Event:
Tue, 03/27/2018 - 8:00am
Start Location:
Soundside Road Access - W. Soundside Road

The ospreys complete their return flight to the Outer Banks each spring. This is one of the areas most watched raptor species and with its long migration routes, it is seen in six continents. Join us for a short presentation and information on viewing ospreys nesting on nearby platforms.

Date of Event:
Wed, 03/28/2018 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join us to use an app to document the flora and fauna living within the park. With this technology, participants can help identify based on uploaded photographs. The event will occur throughout the day (8am - 8pm). To learn more about the app and the park, join us at 10am for a presentation and short hike.


Jockey's Ridge Bioblitz:

Date of Event:
Thu, 04/05/2018 - 8:00am to 8:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

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.    

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Wednesday 6 times.
Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:00am, Wed, 04/25/2018 - 10:00am, Wed, 05/02/2018 - 10:00am, Wed, 05/09/2018 - 10:00am, Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:00am, Wed, 05/23/2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Soundside Road Access - W. Soundside Road

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