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Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 9:00am
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 10:00am
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

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.


Soundside Nature Trail
Location: Trailhead is located at the parking lot accessed from West Soundside Road.
Description: The one-mile loop trail includes opportunity to explore a variety of coastal habitats. A section of the trail travels through the dense maritime shrub thicket. The western section of the loop traces along the shoreline of Roanoke Sound. Spots along the way offer views of the higher dunes to the north. Enjoy your hike and please observe the parking lot hours that differ from the park's main entrance.
Point of Interest: Views of Roanoke Sound
1.00 miles
Round Trip
Surface: Sand
The Boardwalk
Location: Easy Access from the Visitor Center
Description: Interpretive displays along the 360-foot boardwalk offer information about the native flora and fauna. A deck with a bench is the perfect place to snap a photo or pause to enjoy the natural surroundings of coastal dunes.
Point of Interest: Deck with Views of the Dunes
0.06 miles
Surface: Boardwalk
Tracks in the Sand Trail
Location: Trailhead is located in the southwest corner of the main parking lot, near the pavilion.
Description: The nature of shifting sand prevents the construction of traditional trails in the park. Tracks in the Sand Trail is a self-guided interpretive trail leading to the Roanoke Sound with a short loop through the shrub thicket. Brochures for the trail are available at the trailhead or inside the visitor center. Directional arrows mark the path.
Point of Interest: The Roanoke Sound and Views of the Dunes
1.50 miles
Round Trip
Surface: Sand

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