Outer Banks: Jockey Ridge State Park, North Carolina

Did you know the tallest natural sand dunes on the East Coast are located right in Nags Head, Outer Banks at Jockey Ridge State Park [300 W. Carolista Drive Nags Head, NC 27959]?

The dunes were formed by strong water currents caused by hurricanes, they are constantly changing in shape and size due to wind, but stand 80-100’.

There are many ways to get to know the geological formation, one accessible option is the almost 400’ long boardwalk which ends with a gorgeous view out into the sand.

You can walk down from here, or opt to take one of the hiking trails. The sand is mostly made up of quartz rock and is very soft.

Tracks in the Sand is 1.5 mile RT showcasing the harsh, yet fragile environment. It takes you out to the sound where you are welcome to take a dip in the shallow waters.

I was surprised to see how the dunes vary in elevation, the trail showcases how steep they can be.

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From a great height you can see out to the ocean and town.

The Soundside Nature Trail is a 1 mile loop that leads to an overlook. There are many other recreational opportunities at the park, including Hang gliding, kite flying, sand boarding, and windsurfing.

Good to know:

+Entrance to the park is free

+Sand can get extremely hot in the summertime

+There is a museum, visitors center, and picnic facility

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2 Responses to Outer Banks: Jockey Ridge State Park, North Carolina

  1. julieovaltrades says:

    I hope you do, it’s so close to the Wright brothers memorial, maybe two birds with one stone? Not many burrs, only some sticks in a few areas – we went barefoot the whole time with no problem! I didn’t make it up to Corolla, next time I want to see the horses. Have a great time 🙂

  2. Debbie L says:

    Oh how I hope we get to visit here! It’s been about 30 years. We’re headed to Corolla with our daughter, son in law and our grandsons! Are there burrs? The boys will love running in the sand!

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