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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.


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:
Mon, 06/04/2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

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:
Tue, 06/05/2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center Ages: 6+

Maps of the area have been a valuable tool with both researchers and park managers. The quality and detail of these maps have varied over the years depending on the technology available. We will have maps from different time periods on display and talk about the methods involved in their creation.

Date of Event:
Tue, 06/05/2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

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:
Tue, 06/05/2018 - 8:00pm
Start Location:
Top of the Main Dune

Join park staff for a leisurely walk along our Soundside Nature Trail  and discuss the interesting habitats of barrier islands.  Meet at the sound access parking area on W. Soundside Rd.

Date of Event:
Wed, 06/06/2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Sound Access Parking Area on 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