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Cape Lookout National Seashore Generates $21.7 Million For Local Economy

Cape Lookout National Seashore

Cape Lookout National Seashore supported 282 jobs and created $21,724,000 in economic benefits in the local economy last year.  That’s according to a new national park service report which found 455,527 visitors spent $20,292,000 in communities near the park. The study also found that 88.5% of visitor spending was made by non-local visitors. 

“Cape Lookout National Seashore is very proud of the positive economic impacts the park has on the local community,” said Superintendent Jeff West in a news release. “We will continue to look for ways we can support businesses and their employees.”

Visitor spending at national parks in North Carolina contributed $1.4 billion to the state’s economy. Lodging accounted for most of the spending (38.32%), followed by restaurants (20.30%), and gas (11.48%).  According to the report, 18.9 million people visited National Park Service lands in North Carolina in 2019.  Visitor expenditures supported 21,600 jobs and $2.1 billion in economic output in the state’s economy. 


Jared Brumbaugh is the Assistant General Manager for Public Radio East. An Eastern North Carolina native, Jared began his professional public radio career at Public Radio East while he was a student at Craven Community College earning his degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. During his 15+ years at Public Radio East, he has served as an award-winning journalist, producer, and on-air host. When not at the station, Jared enjoys hiking, traveling, and honing his culinary skills.