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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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So here I was thinking, "Great, a big sand dune...might as well go see it". I was so wrong! This is a huge, beautiful experience. A must see for the whole family. There is kite... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Waterford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

So here I was thinking, "Great, a big sand dune...might as well go see it". I was so wrong! This is a huge, beautiful experience. A must see for the whole family. There is kite flying, hang gliding, or just some good walking and appreciating nature. The beach is on one side of this huge dune. My advice is to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Jockey's Ridge Park is one of the nicest parks we've seen. It is relatively compact but it rivals any National Park that we have visited. It is hard to believe that it is free. I am rehabbing a knee injury and wasn't able to make it to the top of the dunes. We spent a good bit of time walking... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We searched for things to do in Outer Banks and Jockey's State park was #1 in Nags Head. We brought our puppy and 4yo who was having a headache so I had to carry him up and down dunes. We enjoyed laying in the sand on top of these big dunes. Sand is very fine and felt almost therapeutic. Great... More 

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Aurora, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

A very clean, well maintained, and free state park. Walking the sand dunes is a wonderful experience, kind of like walking in a desert without the intense heat. Some great view of the water on all sides. It had recently rained so the sand was moist an cool. It's worth taking a few hours to explore this strange phenomena.

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attleboro, ma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Got a tip from another visitor and she mentioned going to Jockey's Ridge for sunset. It's a short walk into the dunes but worth it. Feels like you in the desert and the view from the top of the dune is spectacular. You can see the ocean and the sound from the top. Beautiful sunset. Bring a blanket and a... More 

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Pinetops, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Lots of walking up hill but definitely worth the view. It was a bit of a struggle to walk up hill but a great work out none the less.

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Ephrata, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Never expected to find giant sand dunes at the seashore. You are on a narrow strip of land between the ocean and the sound. You drive into a pine forest, stop at the Visitor Center and take a walk through the trees and all at once you are faced with a huge mountain of sand that extends far into both... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Great place to climb dunes and enjoy views of the OBX's historical landscape. You can watch hang gliding classes and enjoy little water features down low. Awesome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Jockey's Ridge is sa wonderfully maintained state park. There are nice walk-ways out to the observation decks and then you are free to hike the dunes. I was also able to see the 43rd Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular which was quite enjoyable. On my first trip to Jockey's Ridge my boyfriend took me to the top of the highest dune,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We stopped here to visit the dunes while we waited to check into our hotel and what a workout! Climbing the dunes makes you feel like an explorer and it makes your calves feel like they're on fire! Love it!

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