American Tobacco Trail

Apex, North Carolina 27523

American Tobacco Trail

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A walk on the southernmost segment of this long rail trail will leave you wanting to explore the entire thing. This portion starts in southern Wake County and crosses the expansive wetlands of Beaver Creek, where marshy views stretch in the distance.

Cross Olive Chapel Road then continue on to sandy Reedy Branch and a bridge. From there you can extend your hike another 20 miles if desired."

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100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina (The Mountaineers Books)
Joe Miller
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"If ever a trail could be described as being greater than the sum of its parts, it would be the American Tobacco Trail. The trail is one of many rails-to-trails projects nationwide—old rail lines that have been abandoned and turned into long-distance trails. A sense of the rural nature of the ATT is found on the Wake County segment described here. Here, the trail forges mostly through low-lying forest, with the railbed’s elevated status giving nice peeks into the woods, especially in winter when the canopy is off. In places, the trail is elevated 20 feet above the surrounding woods; in other spots, the trail is 20 feet below the surrounding countryside. The trail is multiuse and a good place to remember that mountain bikers yield to everyone and everyone yields to equestrians. The surface is finely crushed stone, making it handicap-accessible and providing a good surface for pushing a stroller."

American Tobacco Trail Trip Reports

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Wake County Parks, Recreation & Open Space, 1309 New Hill–Olive Chapel Rd., Apex, NC 27502; (919) 387-2117;
Local Contacts
American Tobacco Trail; USGS New Hill
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