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Jockey's Ridge State Park
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. 

The Visitors' Center and Museum are now open at 50% capacity! Please follow the 3-Ws and any posted guidelines. 

Trails and restrooms at both park accesses are open.

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 monitor this page for additional information.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, September 9, 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
     

 

 

 

List of 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. 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/bridge

Length:
0.07 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
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 hike
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 hike
Blaze:

Park Maps and Brochures:

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, November 29, 2020 - 10:00am
Sunday, November 29, 2020 - 3:00pm
Monday, November 30, 2020 - 10:00am