Dune Hang Gliding

New Age & Weight Restrictions

Any student that is age 13 and under OR that weighs under 100 lbs will be placed into a “Kid’s Hang Gliding Lesson” per our insurance and safety requirements. All students placed in the “Kid’s Lesson” will be included in the Beginner Lesson, but the teaching methods of how we staff the lesson and handle the glider are vary slightly based on the age and/or weight of the student.

Please call to book Kids Hang Gliding Lessons in the months of September through May. More info on Kids Hang Gliding can be found here

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Call 1-877-359-8447 to Reserve over the phone.


starting at $109

Beginner Hang Gliding Lessons
  • 1-5 Participants - $129 per person
  • 6+ Participants - $109 per person
Kids Class
  • Kids Lesson - $129 per person
Film & Photo Package
  • Package per Person (1-5 People) - $39 plus tax
  • Package per Person (6+ People) - $34 plus tax
  • Commemorative 4GB USB - $20 plus tax
Additional Lessons & Packages
  • Advanced Lesson - $175
  • Taste of Flight Package - $288
  • Hang 1 Starter Package - $429
  • Hang 1 Lesson Package - $849
  • Unlimited Package - $999

Hang Gliding at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head is an Outer Banks must! Take a Beginner Lesson with us and learn how to fly a Hang Glider on your first lesson. Each lesson is about 3 hours long and includes Ground School and 5 solo training flights. Reserve your spot today!

Dune Hang Gliding lessons are conducted at our training facility in Jockey’s Ridge State Park located at Mile Post 12 in Nags Head, NC. The dunes of Jockey’s Ridge provide the perfect platform for learning to hang glide. They have plenty of height for beginners, and are soft for landing. Through special arrangement with the State Park Service, we are allowed to conduct hang gliding lessons from these dunes. We have been providing lessons at this site for over 25 years.

A typical Beginner Dune Hang Gliding Lesson is 3 hours long and starts with check-in (30 minutes prior to class time). Each class has no more than 5 students per instructor. The lesson begins with a ~30 minute ground school to learn the basics of hang gliding. After ground school, your class proceeds to the dunes via a scenic walkway. It’s about a 200 yard walk to the base of the dunes. Once you have climbed to the the top of the dunes (the instructor carries the glider) you begin your solo hang gliding flights. The instructor is there to help. He/she will help you get into the harness, provide any last minute instructions, and help you launch.

You will run into the wind, and depending on the wind conditions (and your weight and skill), you can travel anywhere from 30 to 100+ yards at 5 to 15 feet above the sand. Each trip down the dune is termed a “flight.” The standard beginner lesson includes 5 flights. You might not land on your feet your first or even your second attempt.

Ground School – $39
Included with all Beginner Dune Lessons
Ground School is a fundamental portion of any Hang Gliding Lesson with Kitty Hawk Kites on the sand dunes at Jockey’s Ridge State Park – it is required for every student. If it has been more than a year since your last Ground School, you will be required to take that portion of the lesson again. Ground School includes…hang gliding and state park orientation, hang gliding history, glider control inputs, launching, flying and landing techniques, training film, equipment orientation.

Does anyone in your group have a mobility restriction that will keep them from walking on the sand dunes? If so, the Park may be able to help if you contact them now at 252-441-7132. They require at least 24 hours advanced notice and it’s dependent upon weather and ranger availability.

  • Water – Bring a lot more than you think you’ll need. When on the dunes, bury it in the sand to keep it cold.
  • Sunscreen – If you apply it before the lesson, remember to bring it out on the hill!
  • Eye protection – Even on an overcast day it is still very bright on the dunes.
  • Comfortable Clothing – You’ll be running for a short distance, so stay comfy.
  • Athletic Clothing – Our harnesses have leg loops which may cause shorts, skirts, or spandex to ride up when using. Mid-thigh to full pants or leggings, depending on weather, tends to be the most comfortable.
  • Proper Footwear – Walking on the sand barefoot is easiest, but sometimes it can get hot. Either wear sneakers, a pair of socks (or two), or if it’s not too hot, wear flip flips and kick them off as needed.
  • Camera – You WILL want pictures! Bring a plastic bag to protect it (and other valuables).
  • Other tips & recommendations:
    • It’s a good idea to dress in layers. You can always peel them off! During the spring & fall it can get chilly out on the dunes–especially when the wind is blowing hard. There’s always more wind on the dunes than in the parking lot.
    • Bring a light snack (unless your diet consists of sand) and a blanket to sit on.
    • Bring something to hold your valuables. Sand can ruin electronics fairly easily–and sometimes rain showers pop up unexpectedly.

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The Friends of Jockey’s Ridge is a nonprofit organization established in 1990 for the support and maintenance of programs and the development of facilities of Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Their mission is to support, enhance and promote Jockey’s Ridge State Park as a significant geologic feature of the Outer Banks, North Carolina.

From the earliest of times, Jockey’s Ridge has been enjoyed by many natives and visitors to the Outer Banks. It is a unique park due to its geological features and due to its natural movement and change. To help establish the Park an earlier nonprofit organization, called the People to Preserve Jockeys Ridge, was formed in the early 1970’s at a time when the dune was threatened with development for houses. As a result of their efforts, Jockey’s Ridge became a State Park in 1975. Today the park is enjoyed and supported by more than 1 million annual visitors.

Join the Friends of Jockey’s Ridge and support the organization!

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