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Jockey's Ridge State Park
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Current status of park facilities   

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. 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. 

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.

With 24-hour advance notice, 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 note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended until at least September 11, 2020.

 Last updated on: Thursday, August 6, 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, 08/21/2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center back deck

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:
Mon, 08/24/2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center back deck

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, 08/28/2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center back deck

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

Date of Event:
Thu, 09/24/2020 - 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center back deck

Join a ranger to hike through a section of the park and learn about its history, habitats, and wildlife.  Come enjoy the wonders of Jockey's Ridge State Park and the Outer Banks! 

Date of Event:
Mon, 09/28/2020 - 3:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center back deck