100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina
by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)
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Nice trail for biking, running or walking. Level for the most part with lots of shade on the the south end of the trail. Caution should be used to go in groups on some parts of the trail due to assaults that have occurred there.
Great Trail. Actually 13.5 miles complete on South End and 8 miles on North end. Southern end is hard pan gravel which turns to 60% asphalt and 40% gravel for about 6 miles. All we need is the bridge over Highway 40 and all 23.5 miles from Beaver Creek to Durham Athletic Park will be complete.
While I like the whole trail, my favorate part is the lower section. Riding from the Duram Ball Park out and back is good too, lots of new places to eat after a long ride.
We actually hike this trail on an ongoing basis and have done the entire southern section. The trail goes about 8 miles on this end starting in New Hill and ending at Panther Creek. The bridge crossing over Panther Creek is almost done but not sure how long this will extend the trail until I get a chance to hike it! ;-) This trail is a part of the national rails to trails initiative and so it may be a little mundane for some but if you want to get out of the neighborhood and go on a nice long hike, this is a great option at least for those who live in the nearby towns of Apex, Cary, Holly Springs, Morrisville, RTP, Durham, etc. Cary's White Oak greenway will connect to the ATT soon and that will open up some new hiking options such as to or from the Bond Lake park area in Cary. Only gave it a two star rating because it is not complete yet and still unimproved in areas (very muddy). When completed this trail will be 22 miles long.
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