THIS PAST TUESDAY I FINALLY CLIMBED THE FAMOUS JOCKEY'S RIDGE IN NAGS HEAD, NORTH CAROLINA.
Being a vacationer in the Outer Banks since I was in the womb, it is somewhat mind blowing that I had never been up the great sand dune of Jockey's Ridge. The past 30 years of my life I have been missing out on such fun!
JOCKEY'S RIDGE IS PART OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM AS IT IS THE TALLEST NATURAL SAND DUNE SYSTEM IN THE EASTERN UNITED STATES!
Located right off Hwy 158 in Nags Head, this park is hard to miss as the sand dunes stand 80’-100’ above the road!
Here you will find hang gliders, kite enthusiasts and also hikers as the park not only offers endless sand dunes to explore, but like true deserts, an oasis. The self-guided trails, apart from the hike over the dunes, includes a 360-foot boardwalk equipped with interpretive displays with information on the plants and animals. It is perfect for the folks that prefer a shorter walk or to stay off of the sand. But don’t worry, you can still enjoy the grandeur of Jockey’s Ridge as you will be greeted with a bench at the end of the walk with a spectacular view of the dunes.
For the more active walkers and estuary enthusiasts, the Soundside Nature Trail is a one-mile loop that begins in the soundside parking lot and leads to a beautiful water overlook that is perfect for an afternoon picnic or sunset retreat. The desert-like sand dunes of Jockey’s Ridge is a place where everyone can find happiness and make memories that will last a lifetime.
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