The designation was given by Land for Tomorrow, a statewide partnership of citizens, businesses, and local governments interested in preserving North Carolina history and conservation. The coalition sponsored a contest to name North Carolina’s Ten Natural Wonders. Open to the public, voters were asked to nominate a landscape or natural feature unique to North Carolina.
Over 200 unique nominations were made, and 3,000 individual votes were counted, and Cape Hatteras joined 9 other amazing North Carolina natural wonders on the list. Ocracoke Island also earned a spot, and other winners included the Blue Ridge Parkway, Grandfather Mountain, Cape Lookout, Great Smoky Mountains, Lake Mattamuskeet, Lumber River, Merchant Millpond State Park, Mountains to Sea Trail and New River.