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Your Guide to the Best Hang Gliding in Jockey’s Ridge State Park

07/05/2019 | by Joseph Mitchell | Outer Banks Outdoor Recreation

There are tons of ways to explore North Carolina’s Outer Banks. You won’t want to miss out on a moment of reveling in the beautiful outdoors, especially if you love relaxing on the beach, frolicking in the ocean, or embarking on an adventure through one of the many landscapes along the coast. One of the most unique activities in our area is hang gliding in Jockey’s Ridge State Park. You and your family can feel the strong coastal winds pulsing around your kite as you soar above the beautiful dunes and stunning scenery. Trust us; you won’t want to miss out on this incredible experience. 

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Jockey’s Ridge State Park Hang Gliding With Kitty Hawk Kites

Dune Hang Gliding Ground School

Kitty Hawk Kites offers the best ways to experience hang gliding in Jockey’s Ridge State Park. This unique activity requires prior experience if you want to jump right into it, but classes are available for both adults and kids. Learn about hang gliding history, glider control inputs, launching techniques, flying and landing skills, and much more in the safety of a Kitty Hawk Kites office. They have locations in Manteo, Nags Head, and Kitty Hawk for your convenience.

Ground School is a requirement for everyone who signs up for hang gliding in Jockey’s Ridge State Park.

Hang Gliding Experiences

You can choose between a variety of hang-gliding experience options through Kitty Hawk Kites. Introductory options include a demo (three flights) run or a beginner (five days) run. For those searching for something a little extra, there are six different ways to revel in a day at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. The intermediate lesson is a step up from the basic packages, but if you want to make the most out of your time hang gliding, try the full day package or the advanced lesson. 

Of course, if you already have some experience, the unlimited package is a fantastic way to hit the soar over the beautiful dunes bordering Roanoke Sound. Your kids can even take one of the specially designed demos or beginner classes. Check the KHK website for a price list and availability. Hang gliding lessons and packages are available on most weeks during every day of the week.

What to Bring on Your Hang-Gliding Adventure

Most hang-gliding experiences at Jockey’s Ridge State Park are only several hours long, but it’s still crucial that you pack or wear these necessary clothes and items.

  • Comfortable, athletic clothing
  • Close-toed shoes or flip flops (if it’s not too hot)
  • A camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Plenty of water
  • Glasses or eye protection
  • Multiple layers if flying in the spring or fall.

Plan Your Outer Banks Getawaya sun rise at a pier on Nags Head Beach

Your Pirate’s Cove vacation rental property is the perfect place to call home during your Outer Banks adventure! We offer an array of rental options, including homes in condos in a gated community, downtown Manteo, and several condo complexes bordering scenic Roanoke Sound. Each location gives you easy access to the shops and restaurants in town, attractions like the Outer Banks Aquarium, Elizabethan Gardens, and The Lost Colony show. You’re also a quick 10-minute drive from the sandy shores of Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills

Heard enough? Start planning your North Carolina beach vacation today by booking one of our properties! We look forward to welcoming you to the Pirate’s Cove family.

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