RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory touted a record year for state park visits.
More than 17.3 million people visited the state’s 39 parks. Some of the parks include Fort Macon, Hammocks Beach State Park and Jockey’s Ridge.
Both Jockey’s Ridge and Fort Macon had over a million visits each.
Only 30 parks reported increases in attendance.
“The diverse beauty of North Carolina is found in our state parks,” said Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz. “From the mountains to the coast, each park is unique in the wonderful opportunities it offers to our visitors to connect to nature.”
“An 11 percent increase proves that nothing compares to the enriching experience of a visit to a North Carolina state park,” Governor McCrory said. “North Carolina’s natural beauty is an important part of our overall quality of life that is second to none. I commend the men and women of our parks division for creating unique adventures that can turn a visit into a lifetime memory, and sharing our vision of preserving our state parks for future generations.”
More on state parks can be found here.