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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
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Two of the highest sand dunes on the East Coast are located here, providing...

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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Sand dunes

This is a good nature trail to enjoy outdoor activities like kite flying and see panoramic view of the ocean on one side and the inner banks on the other side. This is a good... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Evanston, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a good nature trail to enjoy outdoor activities like kite flying and see panoramic view of the ocean on one side and the inner banks on the other side. This is a good break from driving around the Outer Banks area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Jockey's Ridge is really pretty neat, so I would recommend it if you've never been. Great to just walk around or have a picnic or fly a kite. You get a good workout hiking around the dunes. It's really a cool place to visit. You feel like you're in the middle of the Sahara Desert or on another planet. It... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

always amazing going to Jockeys Ridge, fun walking and sliding on sand, the kids love it, great views

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family stopped in to break up our trip down the entire Outer Banks, so we didn't get to experience much of the park. It had a nice interpretive center that was helpful for identifying shells, wildlife, birds and fish local to the area, plus some reading on the history of the Outer Banks. The heat could really be prohibitive... More 

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Morehead City, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the legendary places in North Carolina. Great morning exercise and spectacular views. I strongly encourage anyone to mark it off your bucket list.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Rent a sand board! It is so much fun! Great spot to stop after spending time at the Wright brothers museum. Even in October it is really hot so make sure you're prepared for that!

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took advantage of a few balmy days in January to head to the beach. Jockey Ridge is the largest natural sand dune on the east coast, so it is a unique spot. Because it was off season, we had the place almost to ourselves. You can walk up the dunes wherever you want, so it is pretty neat. The... More 

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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visit Jockey's Ridge at least once each summer and we are never disappointed in our experience. The sand is so soft and smooth that you just have to take off your shoes and walk barefoot. It is a hard climb to the top of the sand dune so families with small children should plan on carrying little ones at... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The trails through the forested areas lead you to the bayside with the roar of the ocean maybe a couple of miles away. The inlet offers (in January) many water fowl, a bird-watcher's paradise: egrets, Canadian ducks, etc. There are many placards explain the evolution of the sand dunes and give brief explanations of flora and fauna. Well worth the... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited the park with my daughter and grandson. The park is beautiful and the views are amazing. Be prepared to do a lot of walking and climbing in sand.

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