American Tobacco Trail

22-plus-mile trail is a bridge and a mile of asphalt from completion. The first section of the ATT — a 3.2-mile ribbon of 10-foot-wide asphalt — opened with considerable fanfare on June 3, 2000. Nearly 10 years later, the trail is almost complete, the only portion remaining a pedestrian bridge spanning I-40 and a mile and a half of connecting greenway. Currently, you can travel 6.8 miles on paved surface from downtown Durham south to NC 54. Jump I-40 and the Rails-to-Trail project resumes south of Massey Chapel Road, running 13.8 miles south to the southern trailhead in western Wake County.

The paved section north of I-40 is especially popular with walkers and bike commuters, the stretch south of Massey Chapel draws recreational bikers, hikers and long distance runners and equestrians, the latter two groups attracted by the footand- hoof-friendly crushed gravel surface. (From New Hope Church Road north to just shy of Scott King Road, the trail also includes a parallel paved section.)

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