Jul 15, 2020

Visiting Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Nestled in the bustling Outer Banks community of Nags Head is the most active sand dune system in the eastern United States! Perfect for sandboarding and sunset chasing, Jockey’s Ridge appeals to a large audience! According to North Carolina State Parks, in 2017, Jockey’s Ridge reported a whopping 1.56 million visitors. Visiting Jockey’s Ridge State Park is a must-do when in the Outer Banks! Learn more about the site below. 

About Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Jockey’s Ridge State Park is located across from the Kitty Hawk Kites flagship store along US 158 at milepost 12. This featured Outer Banks spot is recognized for its towering dunes, which are the largest on the East Coast ranging from 80 to 100 feet, and the panoramic views of the Outer Banks! Jockey’s Ridge got its name from early visitors who caught and raced wild horses at the base of the dune. Jockey’s Ridge was declared a National Natural Landmark in 1973. Shortly after, in 1975, the NC General Assembly created Jockey’s Ridge State Park.

It is free to visit Jockey’s Ridge. The sand dunes hours vary throughout the year, visit the NC Parks website to learn more about Jockey’s Ridge State Park.

Things to Do at Jockey’s Ridge

Jockey’s Ridge offers something for every member of the family! Take your dog for a walk along the outer banks of the dunes, take a hang gliding lesson with Kitty Hawk Kites, or settle in for a fiery OBX sunset atop the dunes! If you’re still looking to feed your adventure appetite, visit the soundside beach access for some watersports.

A range of events takes place every year at Jockey’s Ridge! Events include the Kites With Lights holiday display, solar Christmas tree lighting, and more! Whether the kiddos are sitting in the sand to celebrate National Beach Day, grandpa’s scanning the nature trails for native birds, or you’re walking your pup along the dunes, Jockey’s Ridge offers a range of fun activities for everyone!

Jockey’s Ridge is an ever-changing environment that is sure to awe-inspire year-to-year. If after visiting Jockey’s Ridge State Park you’re looking for additional activity suggestions, check out our Things To Do In The Outer Banks guide! 

Twiddy & Company

Twiddy & Company

Jul 15, 2020

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