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American Tobacco Trail

The American Tobacco Trail is a rails-to-trails project in Durham, Chatham, and Wake Counties.  The trail follows the abandoned rail corridor of Norfolk Southern Railroad, which was used to ship tobacco from farms to the American Tobacco Company in Durham for processing.  The abandoned rail line was identified as an opportunity for a recreational trail and the Triangle Rails to Trails Conservancy was formed in 1989.

6.5 miles of the trail is located in southwestern Wake County and this portion is managed by Wake County Parks and Recreation.  The 4.5 miles of trail in Chatham County is managed by the Town of Cary.  The remaining portion in Durham County is managed by the City of Durham.

Contact Information:

1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road
Apex, NC 27502

Phone: 919-387-2117
Fax: 919-387-4349


I haven't hike the entire trail, so the map is incomplete but covers the Wake and Chatham County sections.  I'll finish up Durham as I have time.