CNN Names Jockey's Ridge North Carolina's Top Natural Wonder

Posted By on July 19, 2014

CNN has singled out Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head as North Carolina’s ultimate must-see natural wonder of the world in a new list consisting of “50 states, 50 spots”, with one natural landmark named for each state in America.

CNN says: “As the United States goes on vacation, CNN is showcasing a natural wonder in each of the 50 states. Some are world-renowned and undeniably spectacular, while others are less-discovered gems. Each of our favorite spots, in its way, helps define its home state.”

Of the Nags Head landmark, the news site says, “The dunes of Jockey’s Ridge change with the wind, taking on the character of deserts: hot, bright and windy. Despite the volatile terrain, the tallest sand dune on the country’s Atlantic Coast provides a scenic perch for sunsets.

“Temperatures can get high, with the sand often much hotter than the air. For the full experience of the 80- to 100-foot dune, try kiteboarding or sandboarding, which are allowed by permit during parts of the year in a designated area. Hang-gliding lessons are also available.

“The park on Nags Head in North Carolina’s Outer Banks is bounded by Roanoke Sound to the west, home to big cordgrass, black needlerush, marsh pennywort, marsh-elder, cattail and lance-leaved sagittaria. A daylight-use park only, morning visitors might also spy the tracks of nocturnal animals such as foxes and lizards across the sand.

You can check out the other 49 natural wonders that made the list here.

CNN Jockey's Ridge, Nags Head, North Carolina (photo by The Virginian Pilot)


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