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The North Carolina Coast Sights

Jockey's Ridge State Park

  • 300 W. Carolista Dr., MM 12 Map It
  • Nags Head
  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Updated 10/22/2014

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The 420 acres of this park encompass the tallest sand dune on the East Coast (about 80 to 100 feet). Walk along the 360-foot boardwalk from the visitor center to the edge of the dune. The climb to the top is a challenge; nevertheless, it's a popular spot for hang gliding, kite flying, and sand boarding. You can also explore an estuary, a museum, and a self-guide trail through the park. In summer, join the free Sunset on the Ridge program: watch the sun disappear while

you sit on the dunes and learn about their local legends and history. Covered footwear is a wise choice here, as the loose sand gets quite hot in the summer months.

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300 W. Carolista Dr., MM 12, Nags Head, North Carolina, 27959, United States

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252-441–7132; 252-441–2588-park program reservations

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Park: June–Aug., daily 8 am–9 pm; Mar., Apr., May, Sept., and Oct., daily 8–8; Nov.–Feb., daily 8–6. Visitor Center: Mar.–Oct. daily 9–6; Nov.–Feb. 9–5

Updated 10/22/2014


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