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Jockey's Ridge State Park

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Address: 300 W Carolista Dr, Milepost 12 on US 158 bypass, Nags Head, NC 27959
Phone Number: 252-441-7132
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Two of the highest sand dunes on the East Coast are located here, providing...

Two of the highest sand dunes on the East Coast are located here, providing excellent take-off points for hang gliders.

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Where to go for the best sunset

CLimb to the top of the dune and have a magnificent clear view of sunset, no wire, no houses, just the downside of the dune. And try hang gliding here too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Peregrinenh
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Nags Head, North Carolina

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Nags Head, North Carolina
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

CLimb to the top of the dune and have a magnificent clear view of sunset, no wire, no houses, just the downside of the dune. And try hang gliding here too.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is okay, if you like walking up sand dunes. There isn't much to see, but it is a park, you could have a picnic lunch. I think the Wright memorial is a higher dune then this one.

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Thank PAtravler_13
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent the whole day here. Absolutely beautiful and amazing. There's no charge to enjoy the park. The kids can slide down the dunes. Beautiful views all around. I suggest getting directions from the visitor center about the best way to get to the top. My parents are older and had a hard time walking up from the bottom and... More 

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Thank Dawn Z
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great hike. Not to long or challenging but you are rewarded with a panoramic view at the top of the dune. This is where the Wright Brothers tested out their concepts for aviation and its a sweet place to watch the sunset over the sound.

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

went with the family for the evening to fly kites. what a fun time even with the number of people that came out to fly kites. we loved it.

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Frankfort, ky
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a sunny, cool day and it was beautiful. We were with our son and his dog who loves the sand. The views from the top of the dunes were great. We could see the ocean as well as the sound. We walked a trail that followed the water on the sound side. We didn't see anyone else... More 

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Thank Jane B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love Jockey's Ridge State Park. I could visit several times in one week. I want to get up early the morning after a lightning storm and see if we can find glass spikes in the sand. Love walking around before sunset when the scorching summer sun has tempered down a bit.

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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

NC hit a homerun with Jockey's Ridge State Park. The views are the best to the east is the ocean and west id the sound.

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Suffolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place to hold the trails and to climb the sand dunes. After climbing the first dune you will be pleasantly surprised with the amazing view.

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1 Thank L H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

We followed the markers along the Ridge with our dogs, crossed over into a quiet dune with no people so the could run circles around us. Keep shoes on there because of sand spurs!!!! At the middle of markers there is a small wooded area by the bay! Beautiful!!! The Water view is amazing! The museum was cute and interactive!... More 

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