The West Coast is usually known for those outrageous sand dunes where both locals and tourists can go dune bugging. We think you'll be happy to hear that there is one of these cool spots right here in our state. North Carolina is home to the tallest living sand dune on the Atlantic coast and we are so here for it.
Jockey's Ridge State Park is in Nags Head, North Carolina and it's the prime spot to see the most amazing sunsets. It's right down the road from the ocean, so you get a great breeze while you feel like you're right in the middle of the desert.
This is also a popular spot for those who love to hang glide or just want to try it for the first time. You'll probably see people with kites too as the breeze and elevation are perfect for flying.
The State Park is 400 acres and the large dune alone is a massive 100-feet tall. Before you make the trek up the dune, you can stop at the museum and the 360-foot wooden boardwalk tell the story of the dune and how it came to be, which is actually pretty interesting. You will just have to find out for yourself.
The trek up to the top of the dune is pretty difficult, but boy is it worth it. You'll get amazing views of North Carolina's coast and if you make it by sunset, you're in for a real treat.
Along with walking up the dune and exploring the boardwalk and museum, you can explore the 1.2 miles of nature trails that take you all throughout the State Park. You are also more than welcome to sandboard down the dunes which only adds to the fun.
Mount Mitchell in North Carolina is also the highest point east of the Mississippi and you can actually climb to its summit for free. If you love this sand dune, you should travel to this NC beach where the only cars allowed are Jeep Wranglers.
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Address: 300 W. Carolista Drive, Nags Head, NC 27959
Why You Need To Go: This is the largest sand dune on the Atlantic coast and you will get incredible views from the top.