Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Jockey's Ridge - Nags Head, North Carolina

 While visiting the Outer Banks of  North Carolina  we took a ride on our Harley-Davidson to visit a sand dune called Jockey's Ridge.  This is the tallest natural sand dune in the Eastern U.S. and one of the key landmarks of the Outer Banks.  There is a lot of history about this sand dune and a bit of controversy as well on how it received its name. The picture of the sign below explains the possible origins of the name. Once there you'll find a ranger station located on site with facilities and a souvenir shop.   There is also a short boardwalk to the dune that is a bit of a nature trail with signs along the way describing local wildlife that once lived in the area. You will be right down the road from where Orville and Wilbur Wright first took their historic flight so if  you are visiting Kitty Hawk it is worth checking this place out. We found hundreds of people hiking and climbing the dune with kids using it as a sand slide.

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