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Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 10:00am
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 10:00am
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 9:00am
Park has reopened   

Jockey's Ridge State Park is now open. Please exercise caution during your visit as park staff work on clearing storm debris.

 Posted on: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
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:

The 360-foot boardwalk is located near the start of the Tracks in the Sand Trail. Interpretive displays along the route offer information about the plants and animals found in the area. A deck with benches is the perfect place to snap a photo or sit down and take it all in.

 

Point of Interest: Deck with views of dunes
Length:
0.07 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
Surface: Boardwalk
Soundside Nature Trail
Location: Soundside access on West Soundside Road
Description:

This self-guided nature trail is approximately 0.6 mile long and will take about 1 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 will provide you with information on the many plants and animals that call this area home. Please observe the soundside parking lot hours.

 

Point of Interest: Views of Roanoke Sound
Length:
0.60 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
Surface: Sand
Tracks in the Sand Trail
Location: Southwest corner of 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 is a 1.2-mile self-guided trail composed of 14 stations. Walked at a leisurely pace, the hike takes approximately 1.5 hours. The trail begins at the parking lot and meanders through the many environments in the park.

 

Point of Interest: Roanoke Sound and views of dunes
Length:
1.20 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
Surface: Sand
Contact:

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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