Fodor's Expert Review Jockey's Ridge State Park

Nags Head Park (National/State/Provincial)
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The 427 acres of this park encompass the tallest sand dune system on the East Coast (about 80 to 100 feet). Walk along the 384-foot boardwalk from the visitor center to the edge of the dune. The climb to the top is a challenge; nevertheless, it's a popular spot for hang gliding (Kitty Hawk Kites has an outpost here for beginner lessons), kite flying, and sand boarding. You can also explore an estuary, a museum, and a self-guided trail through the park, which also has eight picnic shelters. In summer, join the free Sunset on the Ridge program: watch the sun disappear while you sit on the dunes and learn about their local legends and history. Covered footwear is a wise choice here, as the loose sand gets quite hot (25–30 degrees hotter than air temperature) in the summer months.

Park (National/State/Provincial) Free Family Views Fodor's Choice

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300 W. Carolista Dr.
Nags Head, North Carolina  27959, USA

252-441–7132

ncparks.gov

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