Exploring Durham

New journeys on old tracks
Aug. 03, 2013 @ 12:13 PM

This summer, take a walk on the American Tobacco Trail (ATT), one of the many historic and beautiful places to be outdoors in Durham. The ATT is a greenway that spans 22 miles and three counties, and begins just south of the American Tobacco Historic District in Downtown Durham.  A Rails-to-Trails initiative that repurposes disused rail easements into functional spaces, the ATT is an enjoyable mixture of fun for nature lovers and urbanites alike. 

Twelve miles of the trail are in Durham County and are made from an existing abandoned line that once ran the New Hope Valley Railroad, which later became Durham and South Carolina Railroad. The trail stretches from Downtown Durham to N.C. Hwy 54 and then from Massey Chapel Road to the Chatham County Line. The trail is mostly paved and is welcoming to walkers, runners, hikers and cyclists. Cars and motorcycles are not permitted on the trail. 

The American Tobacco Trail is still a work in progress. Four miles of it have yet to be completed in Durham, including a bridge that is under construction across I-40 west of the I-40/Fayetteville Road interchange.

Insider Tip: The mileposts in Durham run from north to south and the trail is open from dawn until dusk. Free and convenient parking can be found at many points along the way.

The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) is Durham’s official marketing agency. For more information about things to see and do in Durham, visit www.Durham-NC.com and www.DurhamEventCalendar.com, or stop by the Visitors Information Center at 101. E. Morgan St. in Downtown Durham and pick up the Official Durham Visitor & Relocation Guide.