Experience 22-plus miles of the American Tobacco Trail by foot, bike or horse along scenic pathways that once supported train trestles. Trails currently run through the City of Durham, the towns of Cary and Apex, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers land at Jordan Lake, and other areas of Durham, Wake and Chatham counties. Download detailed maps of the trail and its many access points at triangletrails.org/american-tobacco-trail.
Depending on the location, the American Tobacco Trail features paved or stone dust surfaces. Triangle Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Inc. was founded in 1989 to work with local and state government officials to preserve local abandoned railroad corridors for future transportation and other interim uses such as recreational trails. The organization made the conversion possible after funding for this Triangle Rails-to-Trails Conservancy project was approved in 1995. Work was completed in 2014.
It's important for trail users to know that parts of the American Tobacco Trail in Wake and Durham counties pass through gamelands managed by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission so the trail can remain open during hunting season. Licensed hunters may use the trial to access gamelands at any time where posted, on Army Corps of Engineers Jordan Lake Gamelands, but should follow gameland rules and regulations stipulated on the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission's website. Since many hunters use the trail before or after trail hours of operation, most nonhunters never see them.
Trail hours are dawn till dusk.