Jockey's Ridge State Park, Nags Head

#1 of 112 in Parks in North Carolina Coast
Must see · Geologic Formation · State Park
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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  • Be prepared to walk a lot! We went in the early evening after it wasn’t so hot and sunny. I don’t think this would be enjoyable in the heat of the day. Enjoyed watching kite flying and hang gliding...  more »
  • The dunes are beautiful! This hike was mostly on soft sand; we went at 4:00pm which I'd recommend because otherwise I think the sand might be hot?! I did nearly the entire hike barefoot. It...  more »
  • 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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