With 451,849 recreational visits last month, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) experienced the highest level of July visitation since 2003, and the fourth-highest level of July visitation since the establishment of the Seashore in 1953, per a recent update from CHNS.
Last month’s visitation is an increase of almost 3% over July of 2019.
July’s record visitation follows a record-breaking June as well, as the National Seashore experienced the 2nd-highest level of June visitors since the Seashore was established in 1953. June’s total visitation of 399,364 was an increase of almost 4 percent over June of 2019.
Visitation estimates are collected by counting southbound vehicles just north of the Marc Basnight Bridgee 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.