American Tobacco Trail - South Durham

Posted by Kevin Kirk on Monday, January 21, 2013
The ATT continues to grow.  The South Durham section (south of I-40) is complete all the way from the Chatham County line north to Southpoint.  This section of the trail is now paved.  Paved trail exists from Southpoint through most of the Chatham section - about 7 miles in all.  And of course the trail continues through Chatham and into Wake County for another 7 miles or so as an unpaved section.  If you're a road cyclist, it is possible to avoid the ever-increasing traffic in Southern Durham County all the way to New Hope Church Road, where you can exit onto much quieter rural roads east of Jordan Lake.  With a trail bike, it's quite a workout just down to the end and back - almost 30 miles.  The trail comes into Southpoint in between the two main shopping areas (the outdoor stores at the Target end to the west and the Streets and Mall to the east.  There has always been a bike path along Renaissance Parkway, so starting there provides ample parking and easy access to the trail.  And when you're all done, there are plenty of places to quench your thirst of grab a bite to eat.  Now, it's just a matter of time (months) until the bridge over 40 is complete.  Can't wait! 


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