National Park Service's Outer Banks Group is proposing two fee
increases and wants the public's feedback on the proposals. Affected by
the increases would be the Wright Brothers National Memorial entrance
fee and fees in the park's four campgrounds.
November 11, 2014
Park Service wants public comments
on proposed fee increases
At Wright Brothers
National Memorial, the proposed change would transition the entrance
fee from a per-person to a per-vehicle cost structure. The proposed
entrance fee would be $15 per vehicle and $10 per motorcycle. All
entrance passes are valid for seven consecutive days. The Memorial’s
annual pass would increase from $20 to $30.
The current park
entrance fee of $4 per person, in place since 2006, is significantly
below the national minimum entrance fee for this type of site. The fee
increase is part of a larger National Park Service initiative to
standardize fees in similar national parks across the country.
additional revenue from the fee increase will be used to enhance
visitor services, including repair and maintenance of park facilities,
restoration and rehabilitation of visitor service buildings, and
In Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the
Park Service is evaluating campground rates via a comparable rates
study and public feedback to determine if camping fees are adequate, or
needs adjustment, in order to sustain campground operations.
park is proposing to raise camping fees from $20 per night to $28 per
night. The current camping rates have been in place since 2004. The
campground rate increase will allow campsites reservations to be made
via the national campground reservation system, ensuring that visitors
will be able to reserve a campsite in advance of their visit.
park is considering adding new campground amenities, such as electrical
hookups at some individual campsites. The new fee structure for this
amenity would be $7 per night for these sites. In addition, the park
proposes to change the group camp site fee structure from $4 per person
per night to $70 per site per night. Each group site is limited to a
maximum of 30 occupants.
Interagency Access and Senior Pass
holders will continue to receive a 50 percent discount on camping.
Interagency Passes, which are honored at all federal managed land
units, are not affected by the proposed fee increase and will remain at
$80 for the regular pass, $10 for the Senior Pass and free for Access
and Military passes.
A 30-day public engagement period on the
proposed fee increase opened Monday, Nov. 10, and runs through Friday,
Dec. 12. Feedback will be accepted via the National Park Services
Planning, Environment, and Public Comment System (PEPC) at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/comment
and U.S. Postal Office mail addressed to: Outer Banks Group
Superintendent, Attention: Proposed Fee Increase, 1401 National Park
Drive, Manteo, NC 27954.
The new fees could be implemented
in early 2015. However, the implementation schedule may vary based on
the results of civic engagement. The park will develop an
implementation schedule that supports local communities and interested
For information on visiting the parks of the Outer Banks Group, please visit the park’s websites at www.nps.gov/wrbr, www.nps.gov/caha, and www.nps.gov/fora, or by calling 252-473-2111.