Last Updated on August 14, 2022

You can sandboard on the largest sand dunes on the East Coast at the Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, one of the main sand surfing destinations in the USA.

The park is open all year round (except on Christmas Day) and it is also a fantastic place for sandboarding, flying a kite, or simply watching the sunset in the desert-like landscape of Outer Banks.

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Dunes at Jockey's Ridge State Park near Nags Head, North Carolina
Jockey’s Ridge State Park, home to the largest sand dunes in the Atlantic. Photo courtesy of Bohemian Baltimore.

Sandboarding at Jockey’s Ridge State Park – Nags Head, Outer Banks

Great sand dunes with very soft sand, close to the towns of Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head where you can rent a board and obtain a sandboarding permit. If you bring your own sandboard, then you will need to obtain a permit from the Jockey’s Ridge Park office.

You do not need a permit for sand sledding which is especially popular with kids and practiced with cardboard and bodyboards.

Hang gliding is another very popular activity at Outer Banks and it also requires a permit that you can get from the park. Access to Jockey’s Ridge State Park is free.

Opening Times

Jockey’s Ridge State Park is open all year round except on Christmas day (December 25th). The sandboarding season in Outer Banks goes from October to March.

The main park entrance and dune area is accessible from 8:00am to 6:00pm November to February, 8:00am to 8:00pm March to October. The beach area closes one hour earlier.

Rentals

You can rent your sandboard from Kitty Hawk Kites for $25 (4 hours) or $40 (full day). You will also need to sign a waiver or have your guardian sign for you if you are under 18.

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