American Tobacco Trail is a 16.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Durham, NC that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
I am fortunate to live near the entrance to the American Tobacco Trail that is at the 7 mile marker so it is about a 15-mile round trip whether I go north to downtown Durham or south into Chatham county.
The northern section of the trail from downtown to the I-40 bridge is more urban and has roughly 10-11 street crossings which makes for unwanted stops for cyclists.
The southern section from the I-40 bridge at SouthPointe mall to New Hope Church Rd in Morrisville/Chatham is more woodsy. It's a great ride with about 4-5 crossings and at least three areas with water/restroom facilities.
It was like an interstate hwy. No curves, hills or different scenery. Maybe I'm use to the Neuse River Trail which is awesome!
I have used this trail a fair number of times over more than 10 years. It is an excellent trail for running and is well used by local runners. The best portion is the southernmost section in Wake County, which remains unpaved. Here the trail is wide and presents a smooth well-drained hard-packed surface. The trail goes mostly through woodlands, some parts of which are protected as state game reserves. Quarter-mile splits are accurately marked. Restrooms are provided at several trailheads,
This is THE best trail in all of Durham! Always be on the look out for those secret trails off the main trail!
This trail is just what you'd expect. A wide, paved multi-use path that winds through the woody, populated neighborhoods. Its surroundings are lush and there's lots of other folks around. The whole thin is totally level, and best for putting in lots of miles in one go.
This was a great ride for Rails to trails enthusiasts. The best section is the southern part. The best place to start is on the Scott King road or at the Herndon Park nearby. From here you get a nice ride for 12.5 miles to where the trail begins in Wake County making for a 25 mile round trip. The trail surface starts as tar and changes to a hard packed clay that is in some ways better than the tar. There are Alena waterless bathrooms at mile 0 and Herndon Park as well as about halfway along the trail. The northern leg of the trail is OK but has many busy road crossings and less scenic. The two sections are still no connected so you have to do out and back on both sections. My five star rating is for the southern section only. I would only rate the northern section as 3 stars.
Not really my style. The rail-to-trail means it's a nice wide path, limited elevation changes, and little interaction with the surrounding nature. Good views though.
This is a Rails to Trail trail. I hiked a few miles of it with my brother in the early fall. The weather was hot but their was a good amount of shade from the trees. Lots of other hikers and bicyclists. A nice long bridge went across a river with numerous turtles.
This trail is great rails-to-trails success story. The final phase of construction is soon to be under way, with a completion in 2013 targeted which will result in a continuous stretch of trail over 20 miles long. Construction equipment will be taking up some of the trail near Massey Chapel and Scott King Rd beginning in June 2012, but that should still leave about a 9-10 mile section of trail open.
Great trail that is fun to bike on. Open year round! No water and two bathrooms.
great place for training for a run or a bike ride - watch out for equestrians