Jockey’s Ridge State Park, located in Nags Head, in the Outer Banks, is an out of this world destination. The unique area is best known for its massive sand dune system and otherworldly aesthetic. In actuality, the ethereal landscape is thousands of years old. Geologists theorize that the sand dunes were created over the course of centuries. They believe that storm surges, following a series of hurricanes, pushed offshore shoals onto the beach. Eventually, due to centuries of strong winds, the sand accumulated, leaving the tall dunes that stand today.
They Are Unique To The East Coast
The sand dunes at Jockeys Ridge State Park are a remarkable sight to behold. One of the reasons why they were near the top of our favorite 23 things to do in the Outer Banks list (read here :)) Rising up to 90 feet in some places, these majestic sand Dunes provide visitors with breathtaking views. The rolling hills also offer plenty of opportunities for activities like sand-boarding and hang-gliding. This makes it an excellent spot for thrill-seekers looking for a unique adventure. Despite the harsh winds that so often rip through the area, small trees manage to take root on these dunes. These provide some interesting contrast from the white sands.
The Scale Is Pretty Remarkable
Whether you’re looking for a thrilling outdoor experience or simply want to admire nature’s work, check out Jockeys Ridge State Park. It is an unforgettable time! Below you can see two of our favorite photos of Jockeys Ridge in the Outer Banks. I like them because you can see the scale of these dunes!
Best time of the year:
We recommend visiting from March-May or from September to November. These are the busiest times, mainly because of the awesome weather.
Things to do while there:
If you’re brave of heart, hang gliding is a super popular activity here. Take a lesson with Kitty Hawk Kites.
Hang Gliding With Kitty Hawk Kites
At Kitty Hawk Kites, you can experience the ultimate feeling of aerial freedom and serenity. How you ask? With one of their Jockey’s Ridge hang gliding adventures. With years of experience, their friendly and expert staff will introduce you to the sport of hang gliding in the best way possible. From soaring high in the sky to marveling at beautiful landscapes from up above, hanging gliding is so much fun! It also gets the adrenaline pumping and is a truly unforgettable experience for beginners and pros alike. Known for its strong but gentle airflow currents, the Outer Banks is an ideal spot. Here you can experience this thrilling activity safely and consistently.
Soundside Natural Trail
We also recommend exploring the Soundside Natural Trail. The Soundside Natural Trail at Jockeys Ridge is a hidden and lesser-known gem on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. If you’re looking to explore stunning views and unspoiled nature, then this is a perfect place to do it. You can expect to find majestic sand dunes, salt marshes, and undisturbed wildlife as far as your eye can see. There are plenty of trails and boardwalks to explore at the Soundside Natural Trail. So, no matter if you’re an avid outdoorsman or if you simply want to take in some peace and quiet on a leisurely walk—this place has it all. It’s no wonder that the outer banks of North Carolina are such a popular destination. In fact it’s a desired destination for visitors from all over the world!
OTHER THINGS TO VISIT WHILE IN THE JOCKEYS RIDGE AREA
Besides the dunes, this area in general has so many offerings. Nags Head Fishing Pier and Jennette’s Pier, the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, the historic Bodie Island LightHouse, and the ever-popular Roanoke Sound are close by.
Little Red Mailbox
Nestled near the picturesque town of Nags Head on the Outer Banks, North Carolina lies a little red mailbox that has become an iconic symbol for visitors and locals alike. A peek inside reveals postcards with memories penned by those who have taken time to enjoy this remarkable slice of Americana; stories cover everything from breathtaking views to sweet vacation joys shared in photographs. With each visit comes another unique tale added to its telltale timeliness – creating one continuous narrative celebrating all there is about these glorious shores!
Nags Head Fishing Pier
Located in the iconic Outer Banks of North Carolina, Nags Head Fishing Pier is an ideal spot Visitors can take in beautiful ocean views and anglers can cast a line from the pier. Common catches from the pier include flounder, red drum, trout, spot, bluefish and king mackerel. With plenty of room along the 985-foot long pier, visitors have almost unlimited area to stretch out and relax or stand up and fish. In addition to individual fishing rods, folks can also rent group rods or pull up close to use one of the 30 trap cribs lining the side of the pier. Whether you’re up for a day catching dinner or just looking to watch the boats roll in with their hauls, there’s something special about Nags Head Fishing Pier that captures attention and holds it till long after sunset. Oregon Inlet is another amazing spot for those that want to ditch the pier and head out on the boat for some deep sea fishing!
Located on Roanoke Island at the northernmost point of the Outer Banks, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site is a beautiful yet solemn reminder of our nation’s history. The area was established in 1584 as England’s first attempt to settle the New World and acted as a haven for those individuals brave enough to cross the vast Atlantic Ocean. Today, visitors can observe the remains of various structures built by early colonists while enjoying activities like bird-watching, fishing, and hiking across miles of picturesque beaches. In addition to its fascinating past, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site offers nature-lovers an extraordinary opportunity to explore unspoiled creeks and marshlands. Whether you’re searching for historical artifacts or simply looking for a tranquil outdoor escape, there are numerous opportunities awaiting you at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site!
Bodie Island Lighthouse
Bodie Island Lighthouse is located along North Carolina’s Outer Banks and provides a stunning beacon of hope for travellers seeking rest on the coast. Visitors can explore the natural sand dunes, wildlife, and surrounding water while admiring its 180-foot tall tower. For over 80 years, it has stood guard between Oregon Inlet and Cape Hatteras – two notorious retreats of ships of all sorts! Its bright white light continues to draw individuals from around the globe who are in search of beauty, adventure, and relaxation. From sunrise to sunset, people who visit will never be left wanting when seeking out solace at this memorable location.
Where To Stay When Visiting The OBX and Jockeys Ridge State Park
If you are looking for the perfect place to stay on the Outer Banks, look no further than The Sands at Nags Head. With its idyllic beachfront location and reasonable rates, it is the ideal vacation spot. Guests can relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Guests who stay here can enjoy a variety of activities such as fishing, boating, swimming, and kayaking. Or if you prefer to just lounge on the beach thats a great option too. The Sands also offers a full-service restaurant. There’s areas for bonfires. There are walking trails winding around nearby wetlands, and pool access. Every room comes with a mini-kitchen that is stocked with cookware and dishes—making meal prep easy!
The stunning White Doe Inn is another great option. The inn offers picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean. There are tons of activities from sunset cruises to golfing, and a perfect combination of rustic charm and modern amenities inside your guest room. Spend a day at nearby Cape Hatteras National Seashore for unforgettable beach time. Then return for comfortable accommodations complete with luxurious bath amenities and access to free WiFi. Whether you are looking for romance or adventure, the White Doe Inn has something special for everyone to enjoy and create lasting memories!
We have also heard good things about Cahoons Cottages, the First Colony Inn, and the Burrus Inn!