Jockey's Ridge State Park
For lovers of desert-like conditions, Jockey’s Ridge State Park is the place for you. Stretching over 427 acres, the park hosts the largest active sand dunes east of the United States. It is located in Dare County, North Carolina.
The largest natural active sand dune system is in Jockey’s ridge. The area faces shifting maritime winds. These blow the land particles in all directions. The result is sand dunes that can go as high as 60 feet.
· Flora (Plant Life)
Despite the strong winds, some plant life has prevailed. Some of the existing plants in the park are;
§ American beachgrass
Events and Programs
Jockey’s Ridge State Park holds many events for visitors. There are many educational opportunities for all. These programs allow the public to learn about the beauty of state parks in North Carolina. The events are free, unless stated otherwise. Some of the programs may require participants to register early. The organized events and programs are;
1. Dune Hike
With a ranger as your guide, you can climb the ridge. The dune hike is an opportunity to learn about the main attraction. There is a breathtaking view that is sure to be a memorable experience.
The program can accept 25 people for each hike. It takes a total of 45 minutes.
2. Reptiles of the Ridge, Cool Creatures
Reptiles are the largest population at the park. They slither in the sand. Since they are cold blooded creatures, the hot temperatures are suitable for them.
The program accepts a maximum of 10 individuals. Participants meet at the Visitor Center auditorium to start. It takes 30 minutes to complete.
3. Hawk Watch Table Exhibit
The seasonal Hawk Watch is a great learning experience. A ranger takes participants through a brief discussion of the birds. You will also learn about raptor species and their migration patterns.
The maximum number of participants is 25. The program takes an hour.
4. Dunes of the World Exhibit
In addition to learning about the dunes at the park, you can learn of those in the world. This program allows people to engage with information from across the globe. You will learn about many unique landscapes and discover more.
The program accepts 25 participants at a time. It takes an hour to complete.
5. Soundside Nature Trail Hike
This hike involved a guided tour of the Soundside Nature Trail. The hike is a mile long and takes about 45 minutes.
The ranger guides at a leisurely pace, making it comfortable for children. Unlock your sense of adventure with a hike through nature.
6. Native American Sports and Games
You can challenge rangers to a fun round of games. All games are Native American and allow participants to appreciate the people. One great game is Algonquian atlatl. It was a method the Native Americans used to hunt for food.
The games take an hour. There is a 25 people limit on participating.