Jockey's Ridge State Park, Nags Head

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See the tallest sand dune on the Atlantic coast at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and look below the dune for a hiking trail through a maritime forest. Try picnicking, bird watching, kite-flying and even hang gliding at North Carolina's most-visited park. At an estuary just below the dune, head for a swim or go kayaking. The visitor center has an exhibit hall where you can learn about the park and its history. Remember to be cautious of hot sand. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Jockey's Ridge State Park and many more Nags Head attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Nags Head day trip planning tool .
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  • We try to visit Jockey Ridge whenever we are traveling to this area. This time we parking at Kitty Hawk Kites.There is a crosswalk with a cross signal light right there.Lat visited we parked in the st...  more »
  • If you are heading to the Outer Banks you have got to visit Jockey's Ridge just to see it. It was amazing to see such large sand dunes. It is fun to climb to the top and see the view. You can see both...  more »
  • It was the largest sand dunes on the east coast of the U.S., and I realized the Dragon. There are many places to walk around. The staff are very nice and helpful.
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  • I loved this place. My wife and I took a leisurely stroll along the dunes and just lost track of time wandering around, writing messages in the sands with our hands, and enjoying the wide and distant views. Great place for photo opportunities as well. If you're an outdoorsy person you'll likely thoroughly enjoy this state park - I know I did. Be sure to bring sandals if you're wearing shoes unless you like sand in the socks.
  • Jockeys Ridge State Park protects the largest active sand dune system on the east coast. Located in Nags Head in the Outer Banks, it is one of the most popular NC State Parks. Two short trails lead around the dunes, through maritime shrub thickets and to Roanoke Sound. The top of the dunes has great views of both the ocean and sound, and give perspective to how narrow this barrier island is. In addition to hiking the dunes, hang gliding lessons are available through a private outfitter.
  • It's a big park with massive dunes and tons of trails to walk or hike in. I'd advise bringing water on hot days. Great place to fly kites. You can even learn to hang glide there. The sand is so soft that at times it's hard to walk in. Really cool place to see. The dunes are huge and rolling. Great views of the sound too.
  • Awesome. Beautiful views, great Surf, and Dune-Jumping! It was our final destination, as part of a Cycling Team touring The Outer Banks. Departing from Cape Look-Out, riding, camping, Surfing, or taking ferries (as needed), but riding the entire beautiful expanse of Barrier Islands {Yes, I know there are many Barrier Islands} I mean The Outer Banks, giving The Great State of North Carolina the unique coastal features She enjoys; such as the Gulf Stream and Continental Shelf (Did I mention the Surfing?) [And the Best Surf on the East Coast! BOOM!] One suggestion: Go Dune Jumping! Do not do so: Uf wearing Cycling Colours, as you've 25 miles to ride back to camp, and sand can irritate a wee bit. But the History, the imagery, Sunsets on the Sounds and Sunrise whilst 200m offshore, past The Breakers, Nothing Comes Close. It is simply, magnificent! May God Bless My Beloved Old North State!
  • Very beautiful views from the top of the dunes. You can see from the ocean to sound. The best spot to fly a kite in the area. The sand is somewhat firm making it easier to walk on. Would highly recommend a trip here. There is the state park entrance or tou can park at Kitty Hawk Kites and walk across the street to the dunes. If you need a kite, stop by Kitty Hawk Kites.
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