In 2022, THE OBX WAY was founded to organize a FREE public archive for Outer Banks trails, based on TRUE hiker research.  Importantly, THE OBX WAY partners with communities and organizations to improve outdoor recreation appreciation.

In 2023, THE OBX WAY established Jockey's Trail, a 50-mile pilgrimage from Nags Head to Carova, inspired by backpacking experiences across Carolina, Ireland, and Spain.  Although Jockey's Trail is a majestic, historic, and therapeutic journey, it cannot be considered a thru-hike, limited by logistics.  Specifically, there is only one authorized campsite, located in Colington.

Alternatively, THE OBX WAY championed North Carolina's 2023 Year of the Trail initiative and engineered sections of Jockey's Trail as "Community Path" day-hikes.  This project was made possible by a grant from the Outer Banks Community Foundation and produced a FREE online map with distances and service markers for trails from Nags Head to Carova.

Additionally, THE OBX WAY partnered with Dare County Schools  "Careers Beyond the Counter" HONORS course internship program to mentor a photojournalist position.  The aspiring student began learning the importance of attention to detail in both online image editing and information accuracy.  Our creative collaboration produced photos for state and national competition, while authoring "10 Outer Banks Hikes" on the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau website BLOG.

In 2024, THE OBX WAY will continue its partnership with Dare County Schools to develop an Outer Banks Paddle Map, featuring public portage sites, route distances, and service markers.  The map will strategically focus on the Sounds and Roanoke Island.  Optimistically, THE OBX WAY will also attempt to establish The Outer Banks Trail Center.


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