Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Jockey's Ridge State Park

Welcome to Jockey's Ridge State Park, the 427-acre protected park area in Nags Head that holds the tallest active sand dune system in the eastern United States!

Reaching heights of 80-100 feet, these dunes were said to have formed by several storms and hurricanes in the past. They are still shifting and changing even today, which is a concept you can learn all about within the onsite Visitor Center. There are exhibits within explaining the dune's ecology, as well as other things about the park, Nag's Head, and the Outer Banks in general. Be sure to visit the 360-foot boardwalk nearby as well.

The dunes are ideal places to hang glide, which is the most popular activity here thanks to Kitty Hawk Kites. Kite flying, hiking, sandboarding, and sunset viewing are also very popular, the view here arcing from the ocean all the way to Roanoke Sound.

On the sound side of the state park, your group can sunbathe, wade, or enjoy a 1-mile nature trail that leads into wetlands, grassy dunes, and maritime thickets.

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