There are many reasons why millions of people visit Jockey's Ridge State Park. Some come to see the tallest sand dune on the Atlantic coast; others come for the spectacular sunsets. At Jockey's Ridge State Park you can experience the world of the desert. Shifting sands, high winds, extreme temperatures and a lack of water make the park resemble barren environments such as the Sahara Desert. You also can explore the wonders of an estuarine environment. The tidal waters of the Roanoke Sound, the western boundary of the park, is a rich habitat for a variety of plant and animal life, making these waters the source of much of the sea's bounty. Whatever the reason for a visit to Jockey's Ridge, a trip to this unique park will give you even more reasons to come back again and again.

nice walk. I started the mountain to Sea trail here

Short, easy walk along the dunes and sound from the Jockey Ridge State Park at the West Soundside Street access. Unique perspective of dunes and quiet beach spot.

Perfect short morning hike with the pup. Interesting flora.

Easy hike that takes you through a landscape you don’t expect to see. It starts out in a maritime forest before entering a schrub thicket and then onto sand dunes that stretch as far as the eye can see. The sound and marsh views are wonderful. There is about a 30 foot climb straight up a sand dune when coming back from the sound. The visitor center at the trailhead is nice and has several interesting nature exhibits including fulgurite from lightening strikes on the sand dunes.

The GPS map for this trail is longer than the actual marked trail. Don’t use the GPS map and instead just follow the signs for this well marked trail. Otherwise, you will do some “off-roading”, which was fun. This is a good trail to wear sandals due to the sand. The sound views are excellent and the trail leads almost to a sand beach where you can wade in the sound if you like before getting back on the trail. This was a nice, easy trail.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

My daughter, grandchildren, and I do this every year. Always a fantastic time

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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Have been several times. Be sure to bring water during the summer.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

This was so fun! We had our three kids with us ages 10, 10 and 6 and they loved it too!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Great park. We've been here a few times; the first time was in January and it was empty, the second time was in November and it was very crowded. Dogs loved running around in the sand. Gets windy and chilly on the big dunes.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Interesting trail among the dunes. Do not wear shorts when it is windy, the sand will hurt your legs.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Easy trail primarily through maritime thicket and sound estuary habitats. Several wooden bridges and a wooden staircase make this hike simple and enjoyable, and the views of the Sound cap it all off. Lizards and birds abound, also mosquitoes in the warmer months so be prepared.

nature trips
Saturday, April 02, 2016

great for individuals and families of all sizes and shapes. don't let the steepness of the Dunes scare you, literally, take one baby step at a time up. make sure you stop by kitty Hawk Kites to purchase a Symphony Kite to fly while there. fun, fun, fun!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A beautiful hike. My two year old and I hike this spot all the time!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

It's like being on another planet.
Love. Love. Love.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Started on top of Jockeys Ridge sand dunes and hiked to Jeannette Pier= 5.5 miles. Took about 2hours hiking in the sand. Was very windy and rainy but still is a 'one of a kind' hike. Had a ride waiting for me at the pier. FUN!!!

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Now called the "Tracks in the Sand" trail, we hiked up to the top of some of the largest sand dunes on the east coast back in 2006 (Jockey's Ridge is the tallest sand dune system on the east coast) and watched hang gliders, ran up and down the dunes, enjoyed the cool ocean breezes at the top. We had a blast. Have been there a bunch of times, learned to hang glide there - Kitty Hawk Kites (you can't hardly get hurt in a sand pile). The first time I went to Jockey's Ridge was in the late 60s and used to shoot Estes rockets off the top and chase them to the ocean as a kid... a lot has changed since then, the dunes have migrated and spread out and are not as tall as they used to be due to wind and rain, but are still really cool. Great hike to the sound, nice views in morning and evening light, watch out for mosquitoes in summer, also take shoes (hiking boots best), otherwise the sand will scorch your feet at midday. One of the great experiences in the Kitty Hawk/Nags Head area.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Fun hike in the dunes of NC. Take bug spray. Could hike this in sandals or barefeet.

trail running
Thursday, June 14, 2012

Take lots of bug spray. Be prepared to get bitten anyway. Take benadryl. I went in early June and the trail was fun but the bugs thoroughly ruined the experience. It might be best to visit in colder months.

8 months ago

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