Jockey’s Ridge State Park | Nags Head, NC

Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Jockey’s Ridge State Park

300 W Carolista,
Nags Head, NC 27959
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The East Coast’s largest sand dune, Jockey’s Ridge in Nags Head is a must-visit during your next trip to the Outer Banks. A series of rolling sand dunes, some up to 100 feet in height, are the most impressive feature of this local landmark. From the top of the ridge, visitors can enjoy ocean to sound vistas, and the windy ridge is also popular for hang gliding and kite flying. Popular activities include climbing to the top of the dune at sunset to enjoy cotton candy skies and warm summer breezes or strolling the Soundside Nature trail.

Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve | Nags Head, NC

Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve

Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve

701 West Ocean Acres Drive,
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
252-441-2525
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Since 1974, Nags Head Woods has been dedicated as a National Natural Landmark, and is a 1400 acre conservation area on the sound side in Nags Head. With five miles of trails, this area is a wonderful place to walk, jog, or hike to enjoy the diverse, local ecosystem and over 50 species of plans, animals, and birds. Explore ponds, wooded areas, dunes, and marsh on the Center Trail, Sweetgum Swamp Trail, Blueberry Ridge Trail, Discovery Trail, or Roanoke Sound trail that leads to the water’s edge. There is also and ADA trail that is handicap accessible, with two handicap parking spots at the trailhead.

Aviation Park | Kill Devil Hills, NC

Aviation Park

Aviation Park

109 Veterans Drive
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
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Enjoy the many offerings of Aviation Park, tucked back on a quiet street in Kill Devil Hills and offering an array of family-friendly activities. The skate park is one of the most popular highlights of this free public park, and offers challenging features for many levels of experience. Pads and helmets aren’t required, but as always, be mindful to keep yourself and others safe. If you’re not a skater, there are plenty of other things to enjoy at Aviation Park, including a walking trail that meanders through the woods and along a pond, playground, and roller hockey rink. You might even see the local Roller Derby team practice while you’re visiting!

Wright Brother’s Memorial | Kill Devil Hills, NC

Wright Brothers Memorial

Wright Brothers Memorial

1000 N Croatan Hwy,
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
252-473-2111
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When the Wright Brothers first arrived on the Outer Banks in 1900 from Dayton, OH, they initially stayed with Bill Tate, the assistant Post Master for the town (his wife was the Post Master). The house is no longer standing, although there is a marker indicating where it was located on Moor Shore Road. That section of town is often called Kitty Hawk Village and is the oldest settled part of the municipality. Wilbur and Orville Wright later moved their camp to the sand dune and saw a grassy area to the south; this was an area referred to as Kill Devil Hill because of the large dune there. At that time they were still in Kitty Hawk Township, which explains why Kitty Hawk is listed as the location of the first sustained and controlled heavier-than-air powered flight.

The Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills is a beautiful space to explore the historical significance of their first flight on Dec 17, 1903. Explore the museum, climb the winding walkway up the hill to the monument, or climb on the life-size replica statue of their 1903 flyer at the base of the hill.

Town of Duck Park | Duck, NC

Town of Duck Park

Town of Duck Park

1200 Duck Rd,
Duck, NC 27949
252-244-1234
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No other town on the Outer Banks has done as good a job of creating a unique environment with a special feeling as the Town of Duck. The Town Hall and offices are at the center of the Town Green and Amphitheater. The setting is park-like and quite beautiful with interconnecting walking trails that lead to the multi-use paths and integrate with the shopping district to create a pedestrian-friendly town.

Throughout the summer and into the early fall, the town center features daily and evening performances, including but not limited to: weekly yoga and fitness classes, live music from local and visiting musicians, a magic show and book readings for children throughout the summer season, shows from the Lost Colony theater actors, educators that bring animals from the local aquarium, and outdoor movies on the lawn. All events are free and open to the public, visit their website for additional information and a schedule of events!