Cape Hatteras National Seashore Sees Busiest May in 15 Years
Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) experienced a 13 percent increase
in total recreational visits this May compared to May 2017. Last
month’s remarkable visitation (248,423) made it the busiest May at the
Seashore since 2003.
So far in 2018, the Seashore has hosted 740,751 recreational visits, up approximately 13 percent from the same period last year.
Year-To-Date Recreational Visits (through May)
2018 - 740,751
2017 - 652,437
2016 - 623,641
2015 - 563,663
2014 - 547,647
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 Seashore offers a variety of recreational activities, including
beach recreation (swimming, sunbathing, shell collecting, etc.);
off-road vehicle use; fishing from the surf, boats, and piers;
waterfowl hunting; lighthouse climbing; interpretive programs with a
park ranger; camping; hiking; kayaking; watersports (surfing,
windsurfing, kiteboarding, etc.); and wildlife viewing.
Swimmers are encouraged to take advantage of the park’s three beach
locations staffed with lifeguards from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Lifeguards are on duty from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, seven days a week.
Lifeguard beach locations:
Coquina Beach, located near Bodie Island Lighthouse in South Nags Head
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Beach, located near the old Cape Hatteras Lighthouse site in Buxton
Ocracoke Day Use Beach, located on Ocracoke Island
Whether you are enjoying the beach, kayaking the sound, or climbing the
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse there is something for everyone to explore at
Cape Hatteras National Seashore!