map - American Tobacco Trail

Aug 2, 2007 - trip, with water, restrooms and various types of food. Rock ... Water. Restrooms. Horse trailer access. Food. KEY. American. To b a cco. Tra.
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The American Tobacco Campus/downtown Durham: Plan to end your trip at the northern trailhead, then head across Morehead Avenue and under the Durham Freeway to the American Tobacco Campus for pizza, sushi, a brewski or coffee in the courtyard.

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The American Tobacco Trail is open dawn to dusk, except for a 6.6-mile section from N.C. 54 north to downtown Durham. To accommodate a growing number of commuters, this section of the trail is open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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DURHAM CO. WAKE CO. Bridge-to-Bridge stretch: The most natural part of the trail. Unimproved surface keeps the aerobic types away, making for a more peaceful, solitary saunter. Eventually, most of this 4.7-mile stretch through Chatham County will consist of a 10-foot-wide paved greenway and a parallel 6-foot-wide screened, crushed gravel surface, making the 11.3-mile Wake and Chatham sections equestrian friendly. $2.2 million has been awarded in grants for this section of trail, including two pedestrian bridges to be built using the existing trestles. The finished trail with bridges could open by the end of 2008.

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Mile marker: A five-foot concrete obelisk bearing a “16” is a remnant of mile markers once found along the old railroad.

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A stretch of dead trees along the trail in wetlands is the work of industrious beavers who dammed a stretch of Beaver Creek about five years ago.

In the Jordan Lake Game Lands you might spot a box turtle. The Chatham County section is the wildest part of the trail.

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Currently, an irregular surface consisting of dirt and some crushed gravel. Eventually, this section will consist of a 10-foot-wide paved greenway and an adjoining 6-foot-wide path of screened, crushed gravel.

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People have been known to cross Northeast Creek — including a trio of mountain bikers. But we don’t know how they did it and we wouldn’t recommend it.

hen completed, the American Tobacco Trail will be the longest trail in the Triangle, stretching 22 miles from western Wake County north to downtown Durham. At present, about 20 miles of trail are open: 6.7. miles in Wake County, 4.7 miles in Chatham County and 9 in Durham County. The main hurdles to completion: two bridges using old railroad trestles in Chatham County and a pedestrian bridge over Interstate 40 in Durham near the Streets at Southpoint mall. Because of these breaks, the trail is divided into four sections. The ATT is the backbone of a Triangle-wide effort to link as many cities and neighborhoods by greenway and bike path as possible. In one such scenario — a scenario that is about three-quarters complete — using ATT and other greenways, it will be possible to ride a bike, run or walk from Raleigh, through Umstead State Park, Cary and Apex, then catch the ATT to downtown Durham. We made the Wake County end of the trail our starting point at the bottom of the map at left so the mileage marks are from south to north.

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Robert Frye of Apex walks his dogs, Willy, left, and Jake, on the ATT at New Hill. Frye walks the trail two or three times a week.

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