There are many well-known landmarks on the Outer Banks, but undoubtedly the best-known is Jockey’s Ridge State Park. The tallest natural sand dune line in the eastern United States, the height of the dune varies from 80 to 100 ft, depending on the weather. In 1974, Jockey’s Ridge was declared a Natural National Landmark, and became a state park a year later.
Jockey’s Ridge is the single most visited tourist attraction on the Outer Banks. There’s a lot of fun to be had walking up the dune. At the top, you will be rewarded with panoramic ocean and sound views. The view will take your breath away!
There’s always something happening at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. You can take a hang gliding lesson, fly a kite, sand board down the dune, hike through the nature trails, and enjoy a picnic when you’ve worked up an appetite.
On Friday, April 3rd and Saturday, April 4th, Kitty Hawk Kites will host their annual Fly Into Spring and Easter Eggstravaganza. There will be massive kites in the air between 30 and 100’ long, flown from the top of Jockey’s Ridge. It’s quite a spectacle, and if you’re in town for the Easter holiday, it’s one activity you won’t want to miss. The kids can meet the Easter Bunny across the street at Kitty Hawk Kites, and even participate in an egg hunt.
If you’re planning to vacation on the Outer Banks this summer, and you’ve never climbed Jockey’s Ridge, put it on your list of things to do while you’re here. Insider’s tip: the sand is routinely 20 – 30 degrees hotter than the air temperature, so it’s best to plan on climbing either in the early morning or late afternoon. And plan on bringing shoes, in case the sand is too hot for your tootsies!