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State Parks Set Tourism Record

Posted February 13, 2008

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— Dry weather didn't keep people from heading to North Carolina state parks last year, where more than 13 million visitors set a tourism record, officials said.

The most popular spot was Jockey's Ridge State Park, which about 1.5 million people visited. Other state parks that saw the biggest increase in visitors included Hammock's Beach on Onslow County, Fort Fisher in New Hanover County, Gorges Park in Transylvania County and the Cliffs of the Neuse in Wayne County.

The number of visitors for the year was up 6.5 percent from 2006, officials said, noting that the record came despite the closure of several lakes and recreational swimming areas because of the drought.

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  • Voice_0f_reason Feb 13, 2008

    It's not terribly surprising that Gorges set a record considering it's a relatively new state park.

  • Huey Feb 13, 2008

    I sure agree with you, ratherbnnc. I too am proud of our state
    parks and the folks who run them. Let the rangers and the folks
    in the know run them and keep politics out.

  • ratherbnnc Feb 13, 2008

    State Parks are a great place to visit with some new parks opening soon at Dismal Swamp in Northeastern NC and Chimney Rock in the mountains. The staff at the parks make it a great place to visit with their programs. The so-called political Director of State Parks sure had nothing to do with it. He definitely needs to go and let the State Superintendant run the State Parks. Makes no sense to have a Director also. It would be nice to keep the politics out of state parks.