Outer Banks, NC Attractions - Jockey's Ridge

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Jockey's Ridge State Park hang gliders


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! 

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Comments (4)

TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good  evening Holleay. It's good to hear that they have made that area into a park which keeps it from the developers.

Mar 26, 2015 07:48 AM
Holleay Parcker - Spinnaker Realty - Serving Clients From Corolla to Hatteras
With 14 Yrs Experience in Outer Banks Real Estate

Hi Michael;

There are thousands of acres of land on the Outer Banks that are federally protected, including many marshes and wetlands that are vital to our eco-system. It is a major part of the appeal here, that so much is still undeveloped and never will be.

I cannot think of anywhere else I'd rather live.

Thanks for your comment!

Mar 26, 2015 07:57 AM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Holleay - Jockey's Ridge in Outer Banks is a beautiful outdoor entertainment place.

Mar 26, 2015 08:28 AM
Holleay Parcker - Spinnaker Realty - Serving Clients From Corolla to Hatteras
With 14 Yrs Experience in Outer Banks Real Estate

Hi John;

It sure is!  I have a picture of Jockey's Ridge over my fireplace that was painted by the brilliant James P Kerr, (google him!) who instead of painting it in warm colors, chose to paint in cool tones, pinks and blues and purples.  It still makes my heart sing every day when I look at it. 

Thanks for your comment, have a great night!


Mar 26, 2015 08:34 AM