The Seashore: Visitation
More than two million people visit Cape Hatteras each year for its natural beauty, serenity, wildlife, and recreational opportunities, and the numbers are rising. The number of visitors to Cape Hatteras increased from 2.1 million in 2008 to 2.2 million in 2009, according to the National Park Service.
Besides an uptick in park visitation , data demonstrates growth in tourism revenue despite a nationwide economic downturn. Dare County rental occupancy for both 2008 and 2009 reached a record high over a 15 year period despite two years of a nationwide economic recession.
Be sure to visit the National Park Service website to find out about current conditions, upcoming programs and activities, and hours of operation.
Walkway at Cape Hatteras: © Sidney Maddock