Nags Head, North Carolina: Castle Buried in "East Coast's Tallest Sand Dune"

Jockeys Ridge Putt Putt course was swallowed by a sand dune, and how much you see of its old mini-golf castle depends on the whims of the winds.

4251 S. Croatan Hwy., Nags Head, NC
Park near Kitty Hawk Kites (near mile marker 12) on US 158 and Soundside Rd. The top of the castle is visible from the Kitty Hawk Kites tower. About a 15 min. hike up the dune...and bring water!
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Castle in sand dune, October 2019.

Castle Buried in "East Coast's Tallest Sand Dune"

October 2019.

[Nacole, 10/09/2019]

The surrounding fence, aside from discouraging climbing photo ops, may slow the cycle of the mini-golf castle disappearing and emerging from the ever-shifting dune.

Castle in sand dune.

Castle Buried in East Coast's Tallest Sand Dune

I went there in May 2014, and only the very tops of the turrets are now visible. It was still worth seeing, knowing that a whole castle is just below your feet.

[signmanjoe, 05/30/2014]
Castle Buried in "East Coast's Tallest Sand Dune"

The nice lady at the Jockey's Ridge State Park visitor center informed us that as of right now (7/13/13), the castle is currently buried and that unfortunately, every time it is visible, it appears to be even more damaged. Bummer.

[Katie, 07/14/2013]
Castle Buried in "East Coast's Tallest Sand Dune"

Not much showing right now. It's across the highway from the kite shop.

[Ron Renken, 05/29/2010]

Deteriorating castle on the sand dune.

Castle Buried in East Coast's Tallest Sand Dune

We visited the Kitty Hawk Kites tower to see this castle. Didn't look like it was falling apart to us, but we didn't hike up the dune.

[Mandi G., 07/23/2009]

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