Jockeys Ridge State Park

Jockey’s Ridge is the tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern U.S.; it is also one of the most significant landmarks on the Outer Banks.  The winds are constantly reshaping the dunes and because of this the dunes are often referred to as “The Living Dune.”  Jockey’s Ridge encompasses three distinct ecological environments: Dunes, Maritime Thicket and the Roanoke Sound Estuary.

The high altitudes and differing landscape provide some of the most stunning views the Island has to offer. Jockey’s Ridge also boats several well-maintained nature trails winding through its dunes and marshes, and an informational boardwalk. Due to the high altitude and almost always-constant winds, this is one of the best places for kite flying. For the more adventurous, sand boarding and hang-gliding is available during different parts of the year (subject to permit restrictions).