Cape Hatteras Lighthouse pathway approved

Published 8:03 am Monday, May 22, 2023

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National Park Service South Atlantic-Gulf regional director Mark Foust signed a finding of no significant impact on Monday, May 15, 2023 for Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Construct Multi-Use Pathway in Hatteras Island District environmental assessment.

After evaluating the potential impacts of two alternatives, the park service selected the preferred alternative: construct a multi-use pathway. Under the selected alternative, Cape Hatteras National Seashore will construct a 1.6-mile-long, 10-12-foot-wide paved multi-use pathway in two segments. The plan also includes other visitor amenities and improvements.

“Thanks to support from our park partner, Outer Banks Forever, visitors to Cape Hatteras National Seashore will one day be able to walk, bike and run on a paved pathway to popular areas like the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and nearby beaches,” said David Hallac, superintendent of National Parks of Eastern North Carolina. “I’m excited to get to the multi-use pathway’s construction phase this fall and winter.”

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The documents are available on the NPS planning, environment and public comment website at

The park service pathway in the Lighthouse District will connect with the existing Buxton Back Road pathway, a project of the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway.