CHNS reports highest June visitation since 2002

By on July 15, 2020


(Cape Hatteras National Seashore)

(Cape Hatteras National Seashore)

Here’s another sign that it’s back to business as usual, if not better than ever, in terms of visitors to the Outer Banks this summer. The Cape Hatteras National Seashore reported on July 15 that it has experienced the second-highest level of June recreational visitation since the establishment of the Seashore in 1953. Last month’s total visitation (399,364) is an increase of almost 4 percent over last June.

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.

Top 5 Highest June Recreational Visits by Year

  • 2002: 410,366
  • 2020: 399,364
  • 1999: 393,401
  • 2018: 389,722
  • 1998: 388,012


  • 😳

    That would be awesome news if we weren’t in the middle of a pandemic with cases doubling every 10 days and statewide classified as a “hot spot” and one of the worst COVID outbreaks worldwide!

    Wednesday, Jul 15 @ 2:59 pm
  • Bud

    Yea, this summer is horrible due to the hoards.
    Looking forward to the end of the off-season and the beginning of the on-season, after Labor Day.

    Thursday, Jul 16 @ 5:58 am