OBX National Park sites see big visitor numbers

By on July 22, 2021

(National Park Service)

New numbers from the National Park Service confirm the tourism boom.  Over the first six months of 2021, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial experienced some of the highest levels of visitation ever recorded.

At Cape Hatteras National Seashore, visitation totals for January-June 2021 were 26% higher than the first six months of 2002, the year that currently has the distinction as being the busiest year on record.

Visitation totals through the first half of 2021 were the fourth highest ever at Wright Brothers National Memorial and the seventh highest at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.’

By way of comparison, visitation totals for all three national park sites are up about 20% from the 2019 numbers (the pre-pandemic year).





  • Dylan

    And yet the powers that be think we need even more visitors to come for the new attraction, a convention site!

    Thursday, Jul 22 @ 10:35 am
  • The Lifeblood

    Sounds like the title to a horror film. Based on true events, The Lifeblood will leave you scratching your head in disbelief as local politicians forget who votes them into office. A diverse board of partisan old white men who have no financial problems of their own, attempt to build up a dying community by pandering to visitors. The public struggles to afford food, housing, utility bills, and health care. Will the vacationers save this community? Will they provide the vital Lifeblood needed to support a dying infrastructure? Or is it too late already…

    The Lifeblood

    Rated OOF for bad decisions, anxiety, and shattered dreams.

    Thursday, Jul 22 @ 12:50 pm
  • Tri-Village

    The only reprieve we can hope for is society goes back to the time before covid. Kids go back to school and adults go back to work in person. We may have a better off season if this occurs. Its been a rough one this year. I can’t speak for the northern beaches but the folks on Hatteras Island are hanging on by a thread. I am hoping for some sort of regulations to be implemented on Airbnb. There are enough short term rentals . The shortage of workers is only going to get worse. The idea of bussing employees in from other areas works great for the northern Outer Banks but it does nothing for Hatteras Island. The new bridge does not solve all the problems of Pea Island. What happens when employees can’t get to work because the road is gone? How many people are willing to travel two hours one way to a job and then travel two hours home each day? I think it is time for the county as a whole to take a step back and think about quality not quantity.

    Friday, Jul 23 @ 10:23 am