Construct Multi-Use Pathway in Hatteras Island District
Connectivity in and near the Seashore is an important component of the park's purpose to provide access and opportunities for the benefit and enjoyment of visitors. Lighthouse Road provides access from NC12 and the village of Buxton to popular visitor use areas within this park district. The Lighthouse Road corridor is utilized by multiple modes of transportation other than passenger, recreational and camping vehicles and include pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized traffic which use the road shoulders as a pathway to access the park. With so many different modes of transportation all utilizing the same two-way road, the grass shoulders immediately adjacent to the pavement end up being the surface absorbing the non-motorized traffic. The shoulders are sufficiently wide to allow for passage along Lighthouse Road for most of the distance of the road; however, there is no designated and safe pathway for of non-motorized travel.
The National Park Service (NPS) is considering the design and construction of a new multiple use pathway along Lighthouse Road, in the Hatteras Island District of Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore). This action was identified in the Seashore's 1984 General Management Plan (GMP) which presented the need for a "bikeway" within the Seashore and included Lighthouse Road as the location for this path. GMP identified a 4-foot-wide bicycle path on both sides of the road from North Carolina Highway 12 (NC12) to the Cape Point Campground.