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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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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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Went two mornings during our week's vacation about 25-30 miles away. Website showed summer hours started at 7:00 am, but the park was closed and sign reflected 8:00 am. But, we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Went two mornings during our week's vacation about 25-30 miles away. Website showed summer hours started at 7:00 am, but the park was closed and sign reflected 8:00 am. But, we parked at Kitty Hawk Kites about .1 mile from the entrance and there is a convenient signalized crosswalk to get you to the dunes. It's really nice and peaceful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

One of my favorite spots, majestic natural location. Even better if you happen to be a kite flyer as I am. Constant wind from the bay or the sea, plus the towering dunes and beautiful views make it the place to fly!

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Roanoke, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

We visited Jockeys Ridge at dusk to view the sunset. A beautiful place. I have never visited a desert, but feel this has a resemblance. Huge mounds of sand rolling with scrub vegetation. It is difficult walking though. Be prepared. If you go during the heat of the day be sure to pack plenty of water. It is a workout,... More 

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Fun! Great workout and fun especially for Kids, beautiful scenery for taking pictures, Can be really hot a super hot days.

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Xenia, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

We visited the park twice while in Nag's Head to view the sunset. The first night we didn't get there early enough to allow for time to trek up the dunes and relax for a few minutes to watch the sunset. The second time we planned better and allowed for plenty of time to walk to the top of the... More 

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Latrobe, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Ive been to great sand dunes national park, co, pink coral sand dunes, ut, and white sands , nm and all these do not compare. If my first visit at a sand dunes was here in nc, i would be quite impressed, and still am. A worthy stop in outer banks. Clean, dog friendly, not as crowded as anticipated. Dont... More 

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Newark, DE
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Went on a very hot day in July. The board walk was very convenient, but it was extremely hot. We spent most of the time in the (air-conditioned) educational building. It's a little worn down. Enjoyed the historical exhibits the best. Wanted to return to see the sunset, but again the extreme heat kept us away. Too bad, I'm sure... More 

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

I havent been here for over a decade and decided to take my son here to fly his kite. I forgot how much fun this place can be and how easy it is to get to and walk up. There are two main ways to get here, one park in the park which gives you an option to walk on... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 458 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

the whole family loved this place. went in the evening -sand not hot at that time. we brought our sled with us and the kids loved riding down a steep dune. a lot of people brought kites with them-perfect spot. the views are amazing. so relaxing to just sit and view the ocean in the distance. good size parking lot.... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I cannot believe such a place exists in the US. I honestly felt as if I had been transported to a shimmering haze of the desert. Very Lawrence of Arabia! You cannot miss this place. Be prepared, you take your shoes off at the base of the dune (like everyone else). We went at sunset and it was the most... More 

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Additional Information about Jockey's Ridge State Park

Address: 300 W Carolista Dr, Milepost 12 on US 158 bypass, Nags Head, NC 27959
Phone Number: 252-441-7132
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

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