Jockey's Ridge State Park

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Jockey's Ridge State Park
4.5
State Parks • Parks • Geologic Formations
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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
Sunday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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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Margaret B
11 contributions
Mar 2021
This place was amazing! The size of the sand dunes is breath-taking and other-worldly. It rivals some of the vistas we've seen on the West Coast.

We first went to the park in the evening to see the sunset over the sound, which was fantastic (lots of other people had the same idea, but fortunately, there was plenty space to spread out). We returned the following day and saw the small, but informative museum in the visitor center then returned to the dunes for the best kite-flying we've ever had. I would recommend finding your way to the water on the other side fo the dune to see some adorable little beaches, which would be good for a picnic.

Tip: Be ready for sand in your shoes. We were there when the weather was cool and you could walk barefoot, but in the summer, the sand will get scalding hot. Also wear sunscreen and bring a hat. There is not much shade. Finally, be ready for sore legs the next day after going up and down the sandy hills.
Written April 1, 2021
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Chrissiebear101
11 contributions
Jun 2021
The dunes are beautiful! This hike was mostly on soft sand; we went at 4:00pm which I'd recommend because otherwise I think the sand might be hot?! I did nearly the entire hike barefoot. It definitely works your glutes and calves a bit when you walk uphill in the dry sand. The dunes make for beautiful photographs; there was thunder rolling in and we had to rush out because you are very exposed! Would definitely come here again just to take in the site.
Written June 11, 2021
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SuperAdventure
Williamsburg, VA108 contributions
Jul 2021
We loved Jockey Ridge State Park. It is fun hiking on the dunes. Our favorite part of going here was that we did the sand boarding. You can rent a sandboard from kitty hawk kites. I forget the price but it was reasonable and they give you wax which is essential in getting the board to work. I also took a skimboard. We used the wax on that and it worked as well. The sandboard you rent allows you to stand up or sit down. Its almost like sledding on sand. You can also watch the people learning to hang glide. Its free to get in so I think its a must see place if your in the area. It can be tough walking in the sand but it is fun.
Written December 30, 2021
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tailsock
Raleigh, NC680 contributions
Jun 2021
This was my 2nd visit to Jockey's Ridge with the most recent being within a group of families with small kids. We were here to fly kites on what was probably the hottest day of the year.

From the parking lot it's about a 10-13 minute walk to the tallest dunes. You'll see hang gliders in the distance along with people flying kites. The sand was pretty darn hot and by the time we got to where the others were flying kites, we were already drenched in sweat. We flew kites for about 30 minutes before the kids began to complain about the heat. (Mid June) I experienced better winds in 2012 the first time I visited. It looks like the restrooms are open again so keep in mind if you have little ones.

If it's gonna be hot be sure and get a spot under one of the huge trees in the parking lot. There's a picnic table underneath one we were lucky to grab for refreshments afterward and just get out of the merciless fury of the sun's rays. Some of the dunes are quite steep so I don't recommend this for the elderly or those with mobility issues.
Written June 30, 2021
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Mia D
Richmond, VA94 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
My husband and I visiting Jockey’s State Park in October about an hour before sunset. People started to gather for the sunset but there was plenty of space to keep social distanced. It is a beautiful sight and you have to watch the sunset on the dunes at least once!
Written October 14, 2020
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litseyk
Charlottesville, VA6,430 contributions
Aug 2021
We wanted to check out the hand gliding classes that are taught on the sand dunes. We thought that we would have an opportunity to be towed by an airplane at thousands of feet in the air, but we were mistaken. These classes on the dunes only allow you to get 5-15 feet off of the ground on a windy day for a few seconds. You get like (5) tries for around $200, which is not worth the money to be honest. Little kids looked like they enjoyed it, but not sure if adults would. The views are great though.
Written August 22, 2021
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NickiT421
Baltimore, MD111 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
Quick 15 minute hike to the top of the dune yielded gorgeous sunset views. You can see the ocean behind you and the sound in front of the sunset. Truly beautiful and well worth the short hike. Bathrooms available at the start of the trail. Free entrance. Can be windy at the top, may need a jacket. Went without shoes, but many leave shoes in the parking lot/ trail entrance. Our 16 and 17 year old girls were fascinated and had a great time taking pics.
Written September 29, 2020
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Vonnie J
Greenville, NC153 contributions
Dec 2020
We enjoy going here, especially with our grandchildren. Have been here several times. The grandchildren are amazed at all the sand and hills. They enjoyed running and playing in the sand. Some people were doing hang gliding lessons and they enjoyed watching. It is always a good activity to do with children.
Written December 10, 2020
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Rachael D
Chapel Hill, NC121 contributions
Nov 2020
This is the largest dune area on the east coast. My teenage children like to sled on the dunes and build jumps here to sled down. This only works with higher-end Morey Boogie Board type boards and wax (wax is a must) -- and you can zoom down the steeps. There are also wooden boards with a string (to keep the nose up) for rent at the surf shop across the main highway. Our kids also like to run and jump and do flips and such down the hills. It can be very windy and the blowing sand can burn your legs as it whips by. You can fly a kite here too and take a hang gliding lesson.
Written December 1, 2020
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Aellis837
Tennessee156 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
Okay, this was so cool. I’ve never seen anything like it and pictures don’t do it justice. This is gorgeous and feels like another world. Yet it’s fairly easy to get to/climb, for all ages. So worth a stop (evening time is best for less sun/heat)
Written June 14, 2021
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