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Jockey's Ridge State Park

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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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Nags Head
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Parks, State Parks, Outdoors
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Owner description: 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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Akron, Ohio, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

This was an interesting place, cool dunes. They have nice trails going up onto the dunes for industrious climbers. It kills your calves!!! they also had a nice observation deck there for handicapped individuals or if you'd like to just take a break. Not something you expect to see on the east coast!

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133 reviews 133 reviews
17 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

It's a must see when in the Outer Banks. It's awe inspiring, it's hard to capture on camera you have to see it. It's free, donations accepted. Nice walk, it's got hills and a bit of climbing so it's not for everyone. But if you are able......go for it!

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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This was a BEAUTIFUL place. Take a kite and a good camera, and go on a sunny and windy day! Well worth the trek up to the tops of the dunes!

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Durham, North Carolina
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143 attraction reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We read that the jockey dunes are the biggest sand dunes of the east coast. We visited it early in the morning around 8-8.30 am. There were hardly any people. We first walked the boardwalk. Very short but gives you a great view. From the boardwalk you can cut off the first part of the self-guided trail. Once up the... More

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Libertyville, Illinois
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This is a great place for a hike with views, warm sand and dunes. It reminded me so much of my childhood spent at the Warren Dunes in Michigan. Spend a little time in the nature center, then walk along the wooden sidewalk to the edge of the sand. Kick off your shoes at the look-out post if you wish,... More

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Poquoson, Virginia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
32 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The Largest Sand Dune on the East Coast, the view incredible, sunsets are amazing, & if you can catch the full moon rising you'll be in for a treat. It is further than it looks take a water & your time & enjoy it & leave only footprints.. Across from kitty hawk kites is a good spot if you are... More

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Amelia Court House, Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

While staying in Nags Head in October, 2014, my wife and I took our two dogs up on Jockey's Ridge. We got really lucky because it had rained the night before, so the sand was pretty packed, making the hike easier for all of us! Awesome views of the Atlantic and the Sound! We climbed this dune many times as... More

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Johnston, Iowa
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

My wife and I are in our mid-50's. We are not hikers, but found this area to be really fun and worth a side trip. The walk through the dunes was great fun. We walked to the top of the tallest dune and enjoyed the ocean views and the rest of the sand dune views all around us. We did... More

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Nankin, Ohio
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12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

A great way to spend an afternoon. Climb to the highest dune. The view is amazing! Very nice clean facilities, restrooms, soda machines also. Nice trails. Great info on the dunes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Great views! Worked off the great food I had been eating! Not hard to climb to the top. Suggest wearing sneakers and taking a wind breaker.

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