2016 is the Centennial Anniversary of all national and state parks. Throughout 2016, guests and residents alike are invited to participate in the beauty these locations represent to their regions across America. Every state park will be holding a special event sometime in 2016 to mark the occasion.
The Outer Banks is such a beautiful part of the country it is no wonder that both the state of North Carolina and the federal government have chosen to protect parts of it. This is your guide to enjoying these incredible parks during your Outer Banks stay.
Jockey’s Ridge State Park
300 West Carolista Drive
Nags Head, NC 27959
Home to the East Coast’s largest living sand dune, Jockey’s Ridge is a 420-acre state park with amenities for every type of traveler from museums, for those who love history, to hang gliding for those who love excitement. The boardwalk is 360 feet long and the park offers sunbathing, wading, and paddling. Nature trails are available for self-guided tours, and various events and activities take place all spring and summer long. Including two centennial events: Killer Dunes 2-Miler & Fun Run on July 4, or on August 30, “Save our Sand Dunes” Heritage Day.
Jockey’s Ridge state park is situated in Nags Head. The exhibit hall fills in visitors on all of the area’s legends, including how the park came to be called Jockey’s Ridge and how Nags Head got its name. Jockey Ridge became a state park in 1975 once the funds were acquired to support a 1973 decision.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
The most well-known feature of this national park is the Bodie Island Lighthouse, which can be climbed by visitors who come to the island between the 3rd Friday in April and Columbus Day in October. But there are many other activities to enjoy including:
•Birdwatching – Many coastal birds call Cape Hatteras home during the breeding season.
•Sea Turtles – Summertime is when you can enjoy the best turtle watching.
•Camping – Wake up to the sound of the waves.
•Swimming – There’s nothing quite like swimming in the Ocean.
•Star Gazing – Get ready for the best night sky views on the East Coast. The park works to limit light pollution allowing visitors to see incredible amounts of stars.
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