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.
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!
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.
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.