Cape Hatteras National Seashore
(Seashore) experienced an almost nine percent increase in total recreational
visits this June compared to June 2017. Last month’s visitation (389,722) made
it the busiest June at the Seashore since 2002.
far in 2018, the Seashore has hosted 1,130,473 recreational visits, up almost
12 percent from the same period last year.
Recreational Visits (through
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.
is wonderful that Seashore visitation over the last two months has increased to
levels that haven’t been seen in over a decade,” said Superintendent David
Hallac. “The recreational activities available at the Seashore, along with
outstanding local businesses, have given visitors from all around the world
many reasons for spending time on the Outer Banks.”
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
climbing; interpretive programs with a park ranger; camping; hiking; kayaking; watersports (surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, etc.); and wildlife viewing.