Many visitors come to the Outer Banks looking to experience the wonderful offerings that the “ocean” side of this little sand bar has to give. From fishing from one of the many piers or exploring the endless open beaches on Pea Island or Hatteras Island to finding that special surf spot or just working on a tan, The Outer Banks has it all. Maybe just maybe, one of the best kept secrets much like one of the famous pirates from the area who visited long ago and possibly buried treasure, is the soundside of the sandbar.
One of these hidden treasures is Southridge Subdivision located just south of Jockey’s Ridge State Park. There is a reason so many aspiring family “professional moment keepers” as well as true professional photographers flock to Jockey’s Ridge and the Soundside Drive area of Southridge to capture magazine cover worthy pictures of the sunsets over Roanoke Sound. Southridge is located just south of the largest sand dune on the east coast. This area is ideal for biking, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, kite flying and for the more adventurous, hang gliding off one of the many faces of the dune. Southridge’s close proximity to Jockey’s Ridge offers all of this as kind of a “built in” amenity. Located on the west side of Jockey’s Ridge is an expansive family oriented sand beach with shallow water for the little ones and even a small pier with access to portable bathrooms. This entire area is easily reached by a short walk or bike ride from any one of the homes within the neighborhood.
If you are a history buff the Markham-Albertson-Stinson Cottage (locally known as The Stinson Ranch) is located on the sound in Southridge. This historic home was built in 1916 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Also within a few minutes drive you can explore the Bodie Island Lighthouse which was built in 1872 and is open for guest to climb its 214 spiraling steps to the top.
Whether it is the ideal location of Southridge to everything that Nags Head and the Outer Banks has to offer or the fact that is the perfect neighborhood to escape the “craziness” of full blown summer season; there’s no doubt that Southridge offers the opportunity to capture incredible photos of sunsets, gorgeous views of the sound and its varied wildlife or just simply casting out a line and even crabbing for a few blue crabs for dinner. This neighborhood is definitely worth a look.