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Jockey's Ridge State Park

Jockey's Ridge State Park
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Upcoming Events:

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 11:00am
Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 2:00pm
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 10:00am
Soundside Access temporarily closed    

Effective January 22, 2019, the soundside access will be closed until further notice for completing a part of our sand moving project. We expect the closure to extend approximately 2 weeks. Please check back for updates.

 Last updated on: Thursday, January 17, 2019

Jockey's Ridge State Park

The tallest living sand dune on the Atlantic coast is a premier location for kites, sightseeing and sunsets, with a view arcing from the ocean to Roanoke Sound. A visitor center with museum and 360-foot boardwalk with exhibits explain the dune’s ecology and are a gradual entry to the massive dune field. Sandboarding is welcome with permit and hang-gliding is available through a vendor. Shoes and sun protection are recommended. By calling ahead 24-hours in advance, it’s possible for mobility-impaired visitors to schedule a ride in our all-terrain-vehicle to the top of the dunes. The soundside access of the park is a different experience offering sunbathing, wading, paddling and a one-mile nature trail that opens onto wetlands, grassy dunes and maritime thickets.

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Some online maps and GPS systems do not provide accurate directions to the park.

To get directions, please enter the park's address, 300 W. Carolista Drive, Nags Head, NC 27959, or the GPS coordinates.

Using "Jockey's Ridge" to search for directions may take you to private property.



300 W. Carolista Drive
Nags Head, NC 27959



Map of North Carolina

GPS: 35.9642, -75.633


  • November to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
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    8:00am to 8:00pm
  • May to September:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
  • October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm

Closed Christmas Day


  • October to March:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
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    8:00am to 7:00pm


  • November to February:
    9:00am to 5:00pm
  • March to October:
    9:00am to 6:00pm