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Jockey's Ridge State Park

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Address: PO Box 592, Milepost 12 on US 158 bypass in Nags Head, Nags Head, NC 27959
Phone Number: 252-441-7132
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Description: Two of the highest sand dunes on the East Coast are located here...
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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Beautiful and interesting

Highly recommend just plan as can be cold and windy. Great to see and explore with kids who enjoy the outdoors.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Highly recommend just plan as can be cold and windy. Great to see and explore with kids who enjoy the outdoors.

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Knoxville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

One of the most interesting and largest sand dunes in the US. Even in the dead of winter it looked and felt like a Sahara dessert kind of place. If not for being able to see other things nearby, it would be very easy to get lost and freak out here.

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Springfield, New Jersey
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Kite flying, sledding down the dunes, walking thru the reserve. Truly an amazing place. We spend hours there every time we go.

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Burlington, NC
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

It's a BIG sand dune! Too bad I was there on a cold, damp January afternoon. Otherwise, I would have been able to see the hang gliders as they sailed from the top of the ridge.

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Martin Tn
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

This is a MUST for anyone traveling to the area. My husband and I enjoyed hiking up to the top, this place had amazing views. It was just breath taking and the best part is the park is free of charge!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This is a MUST for anyone traveling to the area. We came during the off season so there were not many places open, so we decided to spend a few hours hiking around the sand dunes. Although it was quite windy and chilly during our stay (low 30s with windchill), we had so much fun. It was a perfect spot... More 

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Warren, Pennsylvania
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This sand dune at Jockeys ridge should be on everyones list of things to do while on vacation.The first time we hiked to the top was incredible.It was raining that day but we hiked anyway.When we got to the top,there was beautiful double rainbow..So many great memories.

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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

we walked up to the dunes with our dog in the sand,it was breathtaking! liked the walking up the sand.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Worth a walk if you haven't seen big dunes before. When I say big I mean over 100 feet. Not the Sahara but the highest you'll see in this area. Wish I was there in season because they do hang-gliding off of them.

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Central Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Well worth it. Don't miss it. Dogs are allowed too! Many kids brought sleds to sled down parts of the dune. Very good idea.

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