Cape Hatteras National Seashore sees 8 percent increase in July visitation

By on August 15, 2019

Visitors enjoying the beach near Cape Point in Buxton, NC.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore continues to experience high levels of recreational visitation this year. July 2019 visitation was up by over eight percent compared to visitation in July 2018.

So far in 2019, the Seashore has hosted 1,573,212 recreational visits, up almost 2.5% versus the same period last year.

Visitation estimates are collected by counting southbound vehicles just north of the Marc Basnight 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.

“It is amazing to see that, year-to-date, the Seashore has received almost 300,000 additional visits compared to just five years ago,” said Superintendent David Hallac.

Year-to-Date Recreational Visits (through July)
2019: 1,573,212
2018: 1,535,511
2017: 1,402,188
2016: 1,398,899
2015: 1,286,782
2014: 1,217,089
2013: 1,317,174
2012: 1,383,585

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