Jockey's Ridge State Park, Nags Head

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#1 of 113 in Parks in North Carolina Coast
Geologic Formation · State Park
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See the tallest sand dune on the Atlantic coast at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and look below the dune for a hiking trail through a maritime forest. Try picnicking, bird watching, kite-flying and even hang gliding at North Carolina's most-visited park. At an estuary just below the dune, head for a swim or go kayaking. The visitor center has an exhibit hall where you can learn about the park and its history. Remember to be cautious of hot sand. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Jockey's Ridge State Park and many more Nags Head attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Nags Head day trip planning tool.
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  • We loved Jockey Ridge State Park. It is fun hiking on the dunes. Our favorite part of going here was that we did the sand boarding. You can rent a sandboard from kitty hawk kites. I forget the.....  more
    We loved Jockey Ridge State Park. It is fun hiking on the dunes. Our favorite part of going here was that we did the sand boarding. You can rent a sandboard from kitty hawk kites. I forget the.....  more »
  • Luckily we changed our plans at the last minute and arrived at Jockey's Ridge right before sunset. As we reached the top of the short hike up the dunes I was completely surprised and awestruck by... 
    Luckily we changed our plans at the last minute and arrived at Jockey's Ridge right before sunset. As we reached the top of the short hike up the dunes I was completely surprised and awestruck by...  more »
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  • This is an awesome natural treasure. Very clearly marked path back to the visitors center, it’s easy to get turned around when you’re surrounded on all sides by mountains of sand! Bring a kite, make sure it’s sturdy or it won’t last long. We also made our way to the sound and it was a short but beautiful walk to the water. Come ready to walk, bring water and sunscreen, and enjoy!
  • Awesome place to visit! Especially good for kids to be able to run out some energy! Kids can bring wave boards to slide down the dunes. Great spot for pictures. ( Several families were there for family photo shoots.) And best of all, free!!

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