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The Outer Banks may be a vacation destination that comes with small-town charm, but when it comes to scenic beauty, this is a place that definitely goes big. The Outer Banks is packed with boutique stores, delicious dining establishments and plenty of entertainment, but when it comes to thrills, there’s something spectacular about what mother nature can do on her very own in this area. Nags Head, in particular, is a special part of the Outer Banks as it’s home to Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Whether you’re here for a quick getaway or can enjoy an extended stay, make sure to make time to visit Jockey’s Ridge State Park where the best of sand dunes, surf, and spectacular vistas collide.

A Nag’s Head Gem

Located at 300 W. Colista Drive, Jockey’s Ridge State Park sprawls across 426 acres of protected land and provides a place for locals and visitors to come and admire some truly breathtaking natural wonders. Jockey’s Ridge State Park is home to the tallest living sand dune along the Atlantic coast which makes for a spectacular scene as the sand rises against a brilliant blue sky. While many visitors come to witness this landform for themselves, others will enjoy spending time at the visitor center and museum where there’s a variety of displays and exhibits dedicated to explaining the climate and ecology required to create such mesmerizing dunes. A 360-foot boardwalk guides the way towards the dunes once you’ve had your fill of background information.

Beyond the Dunes

A trip to Jockey’s Ridge State Park provides visitors with stunning views that sweep along the shoreline from Roanoke Sound to the ocean. Between the land and sea, guests with a passion for photography will find ample opportunity to frame beautiful moments, particularly that reveal themselves during sunset. Don’t be surprised to look up and see hang gliders making their way back towards the ground as this is an increasingly popular activity at Jockey’s Ridge. For those who prefer to spend an afternoon swimming, paddling or hiking, the sound side of the park offers the best of all three. The nature trail that graces this section of the park is a great pathway to take if you’re interested in getting close up to wetlands and grassy dunes. There’s plenty of things to do in Nags Head when you visit Jockey’s Ridge State Park!

Book an Outer Banks Getaway

When you’re ready to explore the best things to do in Nags Head, make your way to the Outer Banks and be sure to book your accommodations with Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales. Our impressive portfolio of luxurious properties ensures our guests enjoy a comfortable and customized stay from the moment they arrive. Contact us today to begin planning your next trip!