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dogs on leash
Great place for jog or casual walk. Trail access located right across from Whole Foods and it's a perfect place to get some exercise on your lunch break. Can get somewhat crowded but people are always friendly and you should always feel safe here. Only downside is the trail is not paved but rather dirt/gravel. Also they are currently building what seems to be a new sports facility within the loop which occupies a huge space and takes away from the aesthetics
Eric Z. on Cox Mountain Trail
nice trial. especially down by the Eno river.
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.