Map of the American Tobacco Trail, NC


American Tobacco Trail, North Carolina

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American Tobacco Trail, North Carolina


22.6 miles


paved / compacted stone


Durham, Blands, Cary, Apex,


rail-trail, local parks, schools, forests, farmland


Rocky Creek Trail
White Oak Creek Greenway



The American Tobacco Trail is  22.6-mile long paved and compacted screened stone pathway that runs from Downtown Durham to the outskirts of Apex in Central North Carolina. The trail was constructed along the abandoned railroad corridor known as the New Hope Valley Railroad. The route of the trail includes the urban area of Downtown Durham, the residential suburbs and the beautiful hardwood forests of the North Carolina countryside. The trail was constructed and is maintained by the Triangle Rails to Trails Conservancy.


The American Tobacco Trail is paved for the northerly 14.6 miles, from Downtown Durham to New Hope Church Road. The trail is open for non-motorized use such as bike riding, walking and running. Horses are allowed south of New Hope Church Road. There are relatively few road crossings along the trail with an overpass to cross Interstate 40 and an underpass to cross State Highway 64.


The American Tobacco Trail goes through Durham, Blands, Cary and Apex in Durham, Chatham and Wake Counties.

Points of Interest

The American Tobacco Trail goes past the following points of interest:

Durham Bulls Athletic Park Hillside High School
American Tobacco Campus  Solite Park
Forest Hills Park  Woodlake
Noth Carolina Central University  Southwest Elementary
Elmira Park  The Streets at Southpoint Mall
Orchard Park  C. M. Herdon Park
Campus Hills Park  Old Chatham Golf Club
W. G. Pearson Elementary School  Raftery Park
Nearby Trails

The American Tobacco Trail intersects trails along major roadways and within the local parks and residential neighborhoods.

Rocky Creek Trail: The two trails meet at a point to the southeast of Jacksonville Street.

White Oak Greenway: The White Oak Creek Greenway is located 1.3 miles to the east of the American Tobacco Trail along Green Level W. Road.

End Points

The north end of the American Tobacco Trail is located at the intersection of Jackie Robinson Drive and Blackwell Street in Downtown Durham. There is a parking area at this locatin. The terminus of the trail is across the street from the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

There is a spur for the trail that takes off to the east along Riddle Road. This spur goes past Campus Hills Park and ends at S. Briggs Avenue.

The south end of the trail is located at a point along New Hill Olive Chapel Road, 2 miles south of State Highway 64 in Chatham County, west of Apex. There is a large trailhead with parking at this location.


Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the American Tobacco Trail, North Carolina.