Very unusual setting. I have never seen this large a duun in the East. You are allowed to walk all over the park area.
The ocean surf was way too dangerous for a 2 year old so we looked for a beach on the sound side. You will need to come back out of the main entrance of the park and then turn right onto the next street south. Turn in to the parking area, right, at the end of the road. Nice beach... More
On a day when the ocean was too dangerous, we went to the Dunes to fly kites and play on the dunes. What a marvelous time we had watching our kites grabbing wind and watching the other vacationers enjoying the thrill of parasailing.
I've been to several different state parks where I live here in Tennessee but have never seen anything quite like this one. Like one of the other reviewers said... Usually you are instructed to stay off of the dunes in any beach town but not this one. This is a huge dune where you are encouraged to climb, walk, fly... More
This was a very interesting visit. As we walked down the boardwalk and reached the dunes, it appeared as if arrived at a desert location. The wind was pretty strong the day of our visit, so the sand blew quite a bit, but not unbearable. They have some excellent taxidermy of animals in the area.
Many places warn you to stay off the dunes, but not here. You can climb the many dunes until your heart is content. You will find great views at the top and may even see some hang gliders. There are no entry fees for this really nice North Carolina state park. Very informative visitor center and half a dozen covered... More
A great place for the whole family to hike, fly a kite, and learn about the history of this great living sand dune. During your hike across the sand, you may think you are in the desert but once you reach the top, you'll be sure you were wrong. The views from the top are stupendous! You can see the... More
We entered the park from two locations. For easy access to fly a kite, I recommend entering from Hwy158. The crossing light made it easy to cross the highway with a three year old. There is a bit of glass in the sand, so keep your shoes on until you are on the dune. My daughter made the climb to... More
My family had a blast at Jockey's Ridge but I have 2 young kids who like playing in sand. There is a lot of walking involved as well as climbing sand dunes and this might not be for everyone. However, he views are incredible when you get to the top with a view of both the ocean and the bay.... More
Okay, I must say we visited during one of the hottest weeks of the year. The sand was very hot & burned my daughters feet -- so wear something other than sandals. It was a long, hot climb to the top. There was also - weirdly - no wind. So the kites we brought with us were no use. The... More
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