- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) - A new report finds that more than 2.7 million visitors visited National Park Service sites on the Outer Banks last year, supporting almost 3,000 jobs and meaning $225 million for the local economy.

Superintendent David Hallac says that visitors from across the country came to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and the Wright Brothers National Memorial.

The most popular National Park Service sites in North Carolina are the Blue Ridge Parkway with 15 million visitors and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with 10 million visitors

The analysis was conducted by economists from the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Park Service.

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