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Courtesy of NPS

Cape Hatteras National Seashore sees highest visitation Since 2003.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (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

Calendar Year 2018 

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

See Figure 1 for a yearly comparison of recreational visits to the Seashore.

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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.

The Seashore offers a variety of recreational activities, including beach recreation (swimming, sunbathing, shell collecting, etc.); off-road vehicle usefishing from the surf, boats, and piers; waterfowl huntinglighthouse climbinginterpretive programs with a park rangercampinghikingkayakingwatersports (surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, etc.); and wildlife viewing.

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!