North Carolina State Parks Set 2016 Visitation Record
Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Visitors explore Hanging Rock State Park in Danbury.
More visitors than ever are enjoying North Carolina’s state parks. During the 2016 centennial celebration year, North Carolina State Parks reported record visitation of 18.8 million, a 9 percent increase over the 17.3 million visitors the previous year, according to the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation.
William B. Umstead State Park in Wake County reported the highest visitation at 1.84 million, a 38 percent increase over 2015, and was among six state park units logging more than a million visitors. The others were Fort Macon and Jockey’s Ridge state parks; and Falls Lake, Jordan Lake and Kerr Lake state recreation areas. During its centennial year, North Carolina State Parks initiated a passport program in which prizes could be earned for visiting at least 10 state parks. Learn more at ncdcr.gov.