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Events and Programs

Jockey's Ridge State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.

 

Join a park ranger to learn the basics of kayaking and enjoy learning some park natural and cultural history while paddling in the Roanoke Sound.  We will be using sit-on-top tandem kayaks or you can bring your own.  Pre-registration is required.  Please leave contact phone number in case of cancellation due to bad weather.  Limit of 12 people.  Be prepared to get wet.  Please wear closed toed shoes and all participants will be required to wear PFD.  Water, sunscreen and a hat are recommended.  Minimum age is 6 years old and all 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.   Approximate length is 1 hour.    

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Wednesday 5 times.
Wed, 04/25/2018 - 10:00am, Wed, 05/02/2018 - 10:00am, Wed, 05/09/2018 - 10:00am, Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:00am, Wed, 05/23/2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Soundside Road Access - W. Soundside Road

Park staff will have replica items and taxidermy specimens on display that give insight to the animals that are native to Jockey's Ridge State Park.  Stop in to view and hear the life histories.  Staff will be available for one hour.

Date of Event:
Fri, 05/25/2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

The ospreys complete their return flight to the Outer Banks each spring. This is one of the areas most watched raptor species and with its long migration routes, it is seen in six continents. Join us for a short presentation and information on viewing ospreys nesting on nearby platforms.

Date of Event:
Fri, 06/01/2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Stop in anytime from 1pm - 2pm to learn all the knots and lashings needed for your next venture at North Carolina State Parks.

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/02/2018 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Park staff will have replica items and taxidermy specimens on display that give insight to the animals that are native to Jockey's Ridge State Park.  Stop in to view and hear the life histories.  Staff will be available for one hour.

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/02/2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center
Contact:

Jockey's Ridge State Park

300 W. Carolista Drive
Nags HeadNC 27959
Phone252-441-7132
jockeys.ridge@ncparks.gov
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