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Visitation at Cape Hatteras National Seashore up again

Cape Hatteras National Seashore experienced a 42% increase in recreational visitation last month compared to September 2019. The 345,249 visits amounted to the second-highest level of September visitation since the establishment of CHNS in 1953.

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial also experienced bumps in visitation, bringing September visitation closer to average September levels.

On Oct. 15, the remainder of seasonal off-road vehicle routes reopened. The routes can be accessed via ramp 23 for Salvo, Waves and Rodanthe, ramps 34 and 38 for Avon, ramp 49 for Frisco, ramp 55 for Hatteras and ramp 68 on Ocracoke.

A project to restore a large section of dune at the ocean end of Cape Hatteras Pier Drive started Monday, Oct. 19. DOT Construction, Inc., Morehead City, is the contractor. The firm expects to finish hauling sand, shaping the dune and planting American beach grass on the dune by early December 2020.

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