NC Parks Tie Record For Number Of Visits

State officials say visitation to North Carolina's state parks and recreation areas tied a record level last year, with more than 14 million visits.

The state Division of Parks and Recreation says that matches the record set in 2009.

Among 39 state parks and state recreation areas, 15 reported increases in attendance in 2011. Jockey's Ridge State Park in Dare County reported the highest attendance at 1.3 million visits, down slightly from last year.

New amenities attracted visitors to some parks. For example, a 700-foot swim beach and picnic area at Lake James State Park opened for its first full season, and the park experienced a 70 percent jump in visitation.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 15, 2012 at 03:36 PM
    We have a wonderful role model in Barrack Obama, the Vacationer in Chief.
  • by pete Location: grifton. on Jan 15, 2012 at 08:08 AM
    wonder did the price of gas,the increase of the N.C gas tax have an impact? OH! the number of DUI'S should rise as they will now stay home and get drunk then off to the store and buy some more.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 15, 2012 at 04:06 AM
    With all the millions laid off what else do you expect them to do with all their time.Stay Drunk?
  • by US-First Location: Greenville on Jan 14, 2012 at 01:05 PM
    Oh good, now its time to raise fees. Anyone wanna bet?
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