Detailed plans released for Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Pathway

Detailed plans released for Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Pathway

October 29th, 2022

Outer Banks Forever, the official nonprofit partner of the area’s three national parks, has released detailed plans of the proposed walking and biking path that will run between the village of Buxton and the Cape Hatteras Light Station.

The Pathways To Your Parks project was official announced earlier this month, with plans to create new paved multiuse paths at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site that will make the parks safer and better connected while honoring the history, culture, and coastal environment of the Outer Banks.

The first of those projects, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Pathway, will enhance the experience for everyone who visits this iconic area, starting with improvements to the entrance that include new signage and trailhead information.

Traveling alongside Lighthouse Road safely separated from traffic, you will have a chance to experience and learn about the ecology and wildlife that is unique to the Outer Banks.

As the ocean comes into view, you will stop at a new educational plaza and Old Lighthouse Beach where you will have a chance to rest and learn about the history of surfing and water sports that made Hatteras Island a premier water sports destination on the East Coast.

If you continue to the lighthouse, you will travel alongside the path that the lighthouse itself took on its historic 2,900-foot journey to safety back in 1999.

There will be opportunities for you to stop along this route to learn why moving this iconic structure was necessary and, more importantly, how this incredible feat of engineering succeeded.

The only way to make this project a reality with the help of generous supporters like you.

Every gift, regardless of size, will get Outer Banks Forever one step closer to making this new pathway a reality. You could even see your family or business name on our donor wall at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

To learn more about how you or your business can support this exciting new project, visit, or contact

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