Park(s) Impacted: Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Wright Brothers National Memorial 

Project Timeline: Multi-phased campaign over the next 5-7 years 

Donation Goal: $1.7 million (50% total project cost) 

For many years, it has been a priority of the Outer Banks Group to address access and safety concerns in each of your OBX national parks through the installation of new multi-use paths at some of the most popular sites in each park 

Our Pathways to Your Parks campaign will promote safety, enhance the experience for all park-lovers and their friends and families, promote walking, running and cycling and aligns with the National Park Service’s “Healthy People, Healthy Parks” initiative.  

By creating new paths in all three parks, the Outer Banks Group and Outer Banks Forever will provide locals and visitors with a new and safe way to experience their OBX national parks for generations to come.  

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Multi-Use Path:

This project will provide an 8-foot wide, sustainable asphalt-paved marked biking/walking path on one side of the entrance road from North Carolina Highway 12 to the old lighthouse site, current Cape Hatteras Lighthouse area and to the campground.  

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse area is a very popular site for visitors within the Outer Banks Group, with over 1,000,000 people visiting the site annually. Significant numbers of locals and visitors bike and walk to and around the lighthouse area, both in the busy summer season, when traffic is heavy, and during the milder spring and fall seasons. Because Hatteras Island has one highway transecting the narrow length of the island, there are very few places that visitors and local residents can safely ride their bicycles or walk. A multi-use path at the lighthouse area will provide safer conditions and decrease the potential for accidents.  

Bodie Island Lighthouse Multi-Use Path:

The scope of this project will create a 6-foot wide multi-use path that is just under one mile in length. The path will be built on the right side of the NC 12 (?). An area that is 18″ wide and the length of the path will serve as a bumper between vehicular traffic and the multi-use path and will be populated with sod or another type of ground cover or grass. The multi-use path will be paved with asphalt to create a smooth surface that is suitable and accessible for all visitors. Sustainable methods and materials will be utilized to the greatest extent possible.  

The Bodie Island Lighthouse area is popular among visitors and locals for its outdoor recreational opportunities. Many people ride bicycles, run or walk along Lighthouse Bay Road to the Bodie Island Lighthouse, which is an iconic historic site within the park. The vehicular traffic along Lighthouse Bay Road poses a safety threat to cyclists who ride along the shoulder of the road and pedestrians who must walk in the street due to the lack of sidewalk. The path will enhance the visitor experience and provide for the enjoyment of not only the lighthouse, but also of the preserved wooded area that runs parallel to the road. 

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site Multi-Use Path:

The scope of this project will include the clearing of approximately 40,000 square feet of grounds throughout Fort Raleigh National Historic Site to create a 6-foot wide multi-use path that will be approximately 1.25 miles in length. The path will begin where the existing multi-use path ends at the entrance to the park and will go down Fort Raleigh Road, around the Lost Colony parking area and loop back around to the entrance of the park on the other side of the street where the existing multi-use path begins again. An area that is 18″ wide and the length of the path will serve as a bumper between vehicular traffic and the multi-use path and will be populated with sod or another type of chosen ground cover. The multi-use path will be paved with asphalt to create a smooth surface that is suitable and accessible for all visitors.  

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site is a popular walking and biking destination for visitors and locals who enjoy the outdoors. Many visitors and locals walk and ride bicycles along the Manteo’s (?) multi-use path, which runs from the town to the north end of Roanoke Island. This path would connect to the Manteo path and create a safe loop through the park.  

Wright Brothers National Memorial Multi-Use Path:

Project details and scope to be determined with the adoption of the amended General Management Plan.