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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jockey's Ridge State Park
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