The Jockey’s Ridge State Park TRACK Trail, Tracks in the Sand, begins near the visitor center and is a pathway to discover the different views found within the park. Much of the trail traverses across lots of sand that is actively moving in the wind, known as a Live Dune Barren. West of these dunes, the trail traces the shoreline of the Roanoke Sound before reaching the Maritime Shrub.
Legend says the park was named as a result of spectators once gathering to watch horse races below. Wild horses no longer run through this stretch of the Outer Banks but the dunes continue shifting, shaped by the energy of wind. The sand and wind have held the interest of travelers for more than a century. Beyond the trail, the park is a place to fly a kite, hang glide, or just to watch the setting sun.
Adventures for Jockey's Ridge State Park
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The Jockey's Ridge State Park TRACK Trail was made possible through partnerships formed between the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation's Kids in Parks program and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the National Park Service.