Jockey’s Ridge State Park Fees & Hours of Operation
The tallest natural sand dune system in the eastern United States, Jockey’s Ridge State Park draws more than a million visitors a year, consistently making it the most popular state park in all of North Carolina!
Why are these dunes so popular with area visitors?
Well, for one thing, Jockey’s Ridge State Park is completely FREE to visit!
Yup, that’s right… there’s no fee to climb the dunes, check out the visitor center, speak with the friendly and knowledgeable staff, and stop by the museum.
When visiting this Nags Head attraction, you can either turn on Carolista Drive at milepost 12 off Hwy 158 and park your car in one of the many spots near the visitor center; or you can park at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing Shopping Center and walk across the highway to the dunes.
Either option is a good choice.
If you want to purchase a kite to fly over at the dunes, then we recommend parking at the shopping complex and stopping in at Kitty Hawk Kites before heading to the dunes. This is the locally-owned companies flagship store and it's also one of the largest kite stores in the world.
And if you’d rather see the museum and visitor center, we recommend parking off of Carolista Drive. You can get to the facilities even if you do park at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing, but you’ll have to walk for a while.
Jockey’s Ridge State Park Hours of Operation
The ridge area closes 15 minutes before the park.
November – February, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
March, April, September, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
October, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
May – August, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day
Sound Side Access Gate
October – March, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
April – September, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Park Visitor Center Hours
November – February, 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
March – October, 9 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Want to learn more about this highly-popular place to visit on the Outer Banks?
Check out this blog post: 14 Fun Facts About Jockey’s Ridge State Park