There are many reasons why millions of people visit Jockey's Ridge State Park. Some come to see the tallest sand dune on the Atlantic coast; others come for the spectacular sunsets. At Jockey's Ridge State Park you can experience the world of the desert. Shifting sands, high winds, extreme temperatures and a lack of water make the park resemble barren environments such as the Sahara Desert. You also can explore the wonders of an estuarine environment. The tidal waters of the Roanoke Sound, the western boundary of the park, is a rich habitat for a variety of plant and animal life, making these waters the source of much of the sea's bounty. Whatever the reason for a visit to Jockey's Ridge, a trip to this unique park will give you even more reasons to come back again and again.
Easy trail primarily through maritime thicket and sound estuary habitats. Several wooden bridges and a wooden staircase make this hike simple and enjoyable, and the views of the Sound cap it all off. Lizards and birds abound, also mosquitoes in the warmer months so be prepared.
great for individuals and families of all sizes and shapes. don't let the steepness of the Dunes scare you, literally, take one baby step at a time up. make sure you stop by kitty Hawk Kites to purchase a Symphony Kite to fly while there. fun, fun, fun!
Now called the "Tracks in the Sand" trail, we hiked up to the top of some of the largest sand dunes on the east coast back in 2006 (Jockey's Ridge is the tallest sand dune system on the east coast) and watched hang gliders, ran up and down the dunes, enjoyed the cool ocean breezes at the top. We had a blast. Have been there a bunch of times, learned to hang glide there - Kitty Hawk Kites (you can't hardly get hurt in a sand pile). The first time I went to Jockey's Ridge was in the late 60s and used to shoot Estes rockets off the top and chase them to the ocean as a kid... a lot has changed since then, the dunes have migrated and spread out and are not as tall as they used to be due to wind and rain, but are still really cool. Great hike to the sound, nice views in morning and evening light, watch out for mosquitoes in summer, also take shoes (hiking boots best), otherwise the sand will scorch your feet at midday. One of the great experiences in the Kitty Hawk/Nags Head area.
Fun hike in the dunes of NC. Take bug spray. Could hike this in sandals or barefeet.