NPS clears path for Buxton multi-use pathway

By on May 16, 2023

Map showing segments of the multi-use pathway project described in the selected alternative of the Construct Multi-Use Pathway in Hatteras Island District EA. (NPS)

The National Park Service Outer Banks Group has announced the approval of a plan to build a multi-use pathway in Buxton. According to Public Affairs Officer Michael Barber, the plan is to award a construction contract by the end of fiscal year 2023, which is Sept. 30.  He also told the Voice that if all goes as hoped, it’s possible that Segment 1 could be completed by next summer.

Here is the official release.

On Monday, May 15, National Park Service (NPS) South Atlantic-Gulf Regional Director Mark Foust signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Construct Multi-Use Pathway in Hatteras Island District environmental assessment (EA).

After evaluating the potential impacts of two alternatives, NPS 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, National Parks of Eastern North Carolina. “I’m excited to get to the multi-use pathway’s construction phase this fall and winter.”

The FONSI and EA are available on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at

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  • Profree

    I just wonder why sidewalks through Buxton were not a priority?

    Friday, May 19 @ 11:56 am