Jockey's Ridge State Park

300 West Carolista Drive
Nags Head, NC - 27959

Type: Parks
(252) 441-7132
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Jockey's Ridge State Park, situated in Nags Head on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, is a unique natural landmark known for its towering dunes and stunning vistas. Spanning over 426 acres, it is the tallest natural dune system in the Eastern United States and a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, and adventure seekers.

The park's most prominent feature is the massive dunes that rise to 100 feet above sea level, providing breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors can explore the dunes via a network of hiking trails that wind through the sandy terrain, offering opportunities for hiking, photography, and birdwatching. The park is home to a variety of plant and animal species adapted to the harsh coastal environment, including sea oats, ghost crabs, and piping plovers.

One of the most popular activities at Jockey's Ridge State Park is sandboarding and hang gliding. The park's vast dunes provide the perfect terrain for sandboarding, a thrilling sport that involves riding down the slopes on a sandboard similar to a snowboard. Additionally, the park offers hang gliding lessons and tandem flights for those looking to experience the thrill of soaring above the dunes with an experienced instructor.

Jockey's Ridge State Park also features a visitor center with exhibits and educational displays that highlight the park's natural history, geology, and ecology. Interpretive programs and guided nature walks are offered regularly, providing visitors with opportunities to learn about the unique ecosystem of the Outer Banks and the importance of conservation and preservation efforts.

Open year-round, Jockey's Ridge State Park offers a range of recreational activities and experiences for visitors to enjoy. Whether you're hiking along the dunes, trying your hand at sandboarding, or simply soaking in the breathtaking views, the park provides a memorable outdoor adventure for visitors of all ages.

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