Cape Hatteras National Seashore sees highest visitation since 2003

Published 5:20 pm Saturday, February 16, 2019

Cape Hatteras National Seashore recorded a 5.7 percent increase in total recreational visits in 2018 compared to 2017. Last year’s visitation at 2,572,297 visitors made it the busiest year at the seashore since 2003.

Visitation estimates are collected by counting southbound vehicles just north of the Bonner Bridge and using a multiplier to estimate the total number of passengers heading south. Those estimates are added to the number of passengers going to Ocracoke Island from Cedar Island and Swan Quarter.

The first national seashore offers a variety of recreational activities, including beach recreation, off-road vehicle use on beaches, fishing, waterfowl hunting, lighthouse climbing, interpretive programs, camping, hiking, kayaking, watersports and wildlife viewing. Everyone can find something to explore at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

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Monthly visitation numbers show increasing visits starting in May, hitting a high in July and falling off in September and October.

Monthly Recreational Visits

Calendar Year 2018

January: 60,934

February: 76,818

March: 179,199

April: 175,377

May: 248,423

June: 389,722

July: 405,038

August: 387,698

September: 250,105

October: 201,269

November: 135,634

December: 62,080


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