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Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 9:00am
Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 2:00pm
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 11:30am
Trails

Both children and adults enjoy climbing and playing on the park's huge pile of sand. Some hike the dune for the spectacular views of coastal Carolina, others for the experience of the desert-like environment. When hiking the ridge, look for fulgurites, glass tubes formed when lightning hits the sand. (Please don't remove the fulgurites from the park.)

Shoes are a must to protect tender feet from hot sand and sandspurs - sand temperatures may be as much as 30 degrees higher than air temperatures. Be aware of the hang-gliding landing and launching zones; refer to the park map for the location of these areas. The ridge area closes 15 minutes before the park closes.

 

Boardwalk Trail
Location: Located immediately behind the visitor center.
Description: Interpretive displays along the 360-foot boardwalk offer information about the plants and animals found in the area. A deck with a bench is the perfect place to snap a photo or sit down and enjoy nature.
Point of Interest:
Length:
0.06 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
Boardwalk Trail at Jockey's Ridge State Park
Surface: Boardwalk
Soundside Nature Trail
Location: The trail begins at the parking lot and leads through the many environments in the park.
Description: This self-guided nature trail will take about one hour to hike at a leisurely pace. This little explored section of the park contains several different coastal environments, including a wetland area, grassy dunes and maritime thickets. Interpretive panels along the trail provide information on the many plants and animals which call this area home. Enjoy your hike and please observe the sound-side parking lot hours.
Point of Interest:
Length:
1.00 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
Soundside Nature Trail at Jockey's Ridge State Park
Surface: Sand
Tracks in the Sand Trail
Location: The trail begins at the parking lot and leads through the many environments in the park.
Description: The nature of shifting sand prevents the construction of traditional trails in the park. Tracks in the Sand is a self-guiding trail composed of 14 stations. Walked at a leisurely pace, the hike takes approximately 1.5 hours. Brochures for the trail can be picked up at the trailhead or in the visitor's center.
Point of Interest: On the trail, you will see many tracks, ranging from foxes and deer to insects and birds.
Length:
1.50 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
Tracks in the Sand Trail at Jockey's Ridge State Park
Surface: Sand
Contact:

Jockey's Ridge State Park

300 W. Carolista Drive
Nags HeadNC 27959
Phone252-441-7132
jockeys.ridge@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 35.964200
Longitude: -75.633000

Park Hours:

November - February: 8am - 6pm
March, April, September: 8am - 8pm
October: 8am - 7pm
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