The Ocracoke Day Use Area, also known as the Lifeguard Beach, is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Photo: C. Leinbach

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National parks within the Outer Banks Group recorded 3,162,854 visits in 2016, up from 2,274,635 visits, the National Park Service’s centennial year.

“In 2016, all three national parks on the Outer Banks received increased visitation, including the largest yearly visitation total at Cape Hatteras National Seashore since 2003,” said Outer Banks Group Superintendent David Hallac in a recent press release.

At Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, there were 292,367 visits in 2016, up from 289,885 visits in 2015, and visitations at the Wright Brothers National Memorial totaled 458,776 visits in 2016, up from 437,184 visits in 2015.

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Detailed park visitation information and additional information on how these statistics are calculated is available online at

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