National Parks / Natural World

Jockeys Ridge State Park Nags Head

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Jockeys Ridge State Park
W Carolista Dr
Nags Head
NC
27959
Tel: 252-441-7132

Where are we going today?

There are many reasons why millions of people visit Jockey's Ridge State Park. Some come to see the tallest sand dune on the Atlantic coast; others come for the spectacular sunsets. At Jockey's Ridge State Park you can experience the world of the desert. Shifting sands, high winds, extreme temperatures and a lack of water make the park resemble barren environments such as the Sahara Desert. You also can explore the wonders of an estuarine environment. The tidal waters of the Roanoke Sound, the western boundary of the park, is a rich habitat for a variety of plant and animal life, making these waters the source of much of the sea's bounty. Whatever the reason for a visit to Jockey's Ridge, a trip to this unique park will give you even more reasons to come back again and again.
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    Awe inspiring view and a unique hike! I really enjoyed romping over the dunes in bare feet and my toddler loved tottering around. It was good for her to have some dry sand to play in after visiting the beach. The breeze didn't quit and even under hot sun we didn't overhear. Watch for wildlife (my husband spotted a 5ft snake crossing our path in one of the wooded areas) and don't forget to hydrate! Public restrooms and drinking water at the visitors center. Hang-gliding is pay to play but free to watch. Looks like lots of fun!

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    Super clean! Beautiful views! Great walks! Awesome time!

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    I did the Kitty Hawk Kites Hang Gliding basic flight course. The dunes are perfect for this activity with soft sand to land in. It was overcast the day we were there so the sand was cool. But if the sun is out it will get very hot. The facilities the Park Service provides with the visitors center and restrooms are nice. There is a rinse station to get the sand off before you get back in your car.

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    Loved this place, perfect to take dramatic photos at sunset. The dunes are amazing and so much fun

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    I love this state park. You can pretend you are in middle of desert. At evening, many people go there for enjoy to take shoes off and play any games, take families pictures, and relax watch sunset. Bring your kite and it has great breeze.

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