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Monday, July 22, 2019 - 11:00am
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 10:00am
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 11:00am
Trails

Enjoy climbing and playing on this huge dune. Hike to the top for spectacular views of coastal Carolina. When hiking on the ridge, look for fulgurites, which are glass tubes when lightning hits the sand. (But please do not remove them from the park.)

Shoes are recommended to protect tender feet from sandspurs and hot sand. Sand temperatures may be as much as 30 degrees hotter 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 closing of the park.

 


Boardwalk
Location: Visitor center

Description:

A short option for a partial view of the dunes. The 360 feet of boardwalk begins just behind the visitor center and leads to a deck with benches. Along the way, live oak branches curve overhead and wildlife tracks are often seen. There is easy access to continue exploring the dunes or to just enjoy the view of ephemeral pools and coastal dunes offered at the end of the boardwalk.

 


Surface: boardwalk

Length:
0.07 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:

Soundside Nature Trail
Location: West Soundside Road

Description:

A short loop through the park's maritime shrub thicket. This area of the park has been sheltered from the strong northeast winds by the height of the dunes. As a result, the plant communities may differ from other areas of the park. Easy access to the dunes or the Roanoke Sound to explore more of the park.

 


Surface: sand

Length:
0.60 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:

Tracks in the Sand Trail
Location: Southwest Corner of Main Parking Lot

Description:

Tracks in the Sand is a self-guided trail with educational brochures available at the trailhead display. The route is marked with directional arrows and leads to the Roanoke Sound. There are views along the way of the tallest dunes in the park to the south. 

 


Surface: sand

Length:
1.20 miles
loop
Difficulty:
moderate
Blaze:

300 W. Carolista Drive
Nags Head, NC 27959

252-441-7132
jockeys.ridge@ncparks.gov

 

Map of North Carolina

GPS: 35.9642, -75.633

 

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