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Policy on Drones in NC State Parks   

Currently it is illegal for drones to take off or land on any NC State Park properties.  Please contact park office for more information.

 Posted on: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 9:45am
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.


One of the most popular activities at Jockey's Ridge is flying kites.  Stop by the visitor center to create you own and then climb the dunes to watch it fly!

Date of Event:
Sun, 09/10/2017 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Come out and celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST).  Hike the section of the MST located within the park and learn more about the trail that stretches 1,175 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks

Date of Event:
Mon, 09/18/2017 - 9:00am
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, 09/19/2017 - 2:00pm
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's.  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:
Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Roanoke Sound Access - Soundside Road

By simply pulling a seine net through the water, we'll discover the diversity of aquatic life found thriving in Roanoke Sound.  Be sure to wear clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting wet.

Date of Event:
Thu, 09/21/2017 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Soundside 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