Cape Hatteras Seashore sees highest visitation since 2003

By on February 9, 2019

Recreational visits to Cape Hatteras National Seashore from 2004 to 2018

Cape Hatteras National Seashore recorded a 5.7 percent increase in total recreational visits in
2018 compared to 2017.

Last year’s visitation (2,572,297) made it the busiest year at the Seashore since 2003.

Monthly recreational visits for the 2018 calendar year: 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

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.

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