Explore the best trails near Durham with detailed reviews, photos, trail maps, and driving directions curated by hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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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.
I'm happy to report my family and I explored this trail today. They did amazing! We had such a good time and it was beautiful! My husband and I had our three youngest children with us ages 4, 6 and 9. I thought it was going to be a little challenging for them but they didn't complain once. We are already making plans to come back and go camping.