American Tobacco Trail

MODERATE 36 reviews

American Tobacco Trail is a 16.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Durham, North Carolina 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.

DISTANCE
16.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
797 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

walking
1 month ago

great for bikes, quite boring and crowded

road biking
2 months ago

Very crowded. If you time it right it's perfect to get in some great mileage for stamina.

walking
2 months ago

I've only been on the more urban sections so I found this trail very crowded. Lots of bikers so not recommended for dogs. Not very quiet and peaceful but good for local exercise.

4 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

walking
5 months ago

We have only completed a relatively small urban section of the trail at its northern end. In addition to getting some exercise, we also enjoyed exploring the restored American Tobacco Historic District before ending with a nice meal and a show at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Not a bad way to spend a few hours!

hiking
6 months ago

6 months ago

I'm on the north side of the trail, and u hear the south side is better. it's still beautifu, great for walking, and lots of people. I get uneasy in some parts though.

7 months ago

road biking
8 months ago

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.

walking
10 months ago

hiking
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Saturday, February 20, 2016

walking
Sunday, February 14, 2016

mountain biking
Thursday, January 28, 2016

It was like an interstate hwy. No curves, hills or different scenery. Maybe I'm use to the Neuse River Trail which is awesome!

trail running
Saturday, December 26, 2015

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,