American Tobacco Trail
Earth: United States: North Carolina: Durham: American Tobacco Trail
- North: through downtown Durham to South Ellerbee Creek Trail
- South: currently ends about half(?) a mile north of the north end of the New Hope Valley Railway
going from north to south
- Downtown section: south from Trinity Ave., through downtown Durham on sidewalks and back-streets, and connecting to the South Durham section
- south Durham (6.5+ miles): south from underneath the Durham Freeway (NC-147) bridge to just north of I-40
- I-40: pedestrian bridge now complete!
- south of I-40: south from Massey Chapel Road
The American Tobacco Trail (ATT) is bike-and-pedestrian pathway running from the south edge of downtown Durham, NC and forming an essential part of the planned East Coast Greenway.
- ATT Category: images of the ATT
There seems to be some disagreement as to whether "American Tobacco Trail" refers to the entire planned 22 miles of north-south trail in the area, or just the section south of Durham (referred to as the "South Durham section" of the ATT, when ATT is presumed to mean the whole thing). HTYP prefers to designate the "American Tobacco Trail" as referring only to the section of trail south of Durham, as this matches signage on the trail as well as most maps.
The ATT is an essential part of the East Coast Greenway, a connected series of bike/pedestrian paths which will eventually the entire length of the United States east coast from Maine to Florida. "East Coast Greenway" signage is already in place along the South Durham section and possibly other completed portions of the ATT.
Useful businesses located near the trail:
- Southpoint Crossing is a small shopping center (which now has a bike rack over near the Quizno's) located where the ATT currently ends on the north side of I-40:
- East Coast Chinese Food: inexpensive family-run Chinese food made to order, located (of all places) inside the Kroger. Very good, especially for the budget-minded. Lunch specials are cash-only, but there is an ATM about 20 feet away. They are informal and don't seem to have any problem serving sweaty, greasy bikers hot off the trail.
Tobacco Trail Bicycle Rentals: at Solite Park just off the ATT where it intersects with Fayetteville Roadgone
- official ATT page at the Triangle Rails to Trails Conservancy web site
- American Tobacco Trail Project - Phase E Pedestrian Bridge Over I-40: "This project includes the completion of the American Tobacco Trail from NC 54 to the Chatham County Line and will include a bridge across I-40 west of the I-40/Fayetteville Road interchange. The trail will be paved and will include several signals at roadway crossings along the route."
- nicomachus.net ATT Archives: photos and text, with a few reader comments
- 2014-03-26 How Dangerous Is The American Tobacco Trail, Really?
- 2008-07-29 East Coast Greenway decides on Triangle route
- 2008-04-28 American Tobacco Trail design update set for Tuesday night
- The American Tobacco Trail: "Where it is and where it's going"
- A week of ATT: "To celebrate the publication of our ATT map, we've featured the American Tobacco Trail daily in the pages of The News & Observer or on the Get Out! Get Fit! blog this week."
- Find what you need on ATT
- Spine of the greenway: "The American Tobacco Trail is on its way to connecting the Triangle"
- American Tobacco Trail: brief article with photo essay
- 2006-09-07 Catch up on rail-line trail
- 2006-09-06 Durham bridge will be removed: it has apparently been decided to remove the "crumbling, unsafe" Apex Street bridge (closed to automobile traffic in 2001 because of safety concerns) over the ATT and replace it with a pedestrian ramp down the eastern side, thus giving the residents of "historically black, low-income" St. Theresa's neighborhood easier foot-access to both the trail and Forest Hills Park. (The bridge is on the ATT stretch between Enterprise and Otis streets.)
- 2004-02-20 It's not easy getting green: greenway systems in Cary and Chapel Hill, and their plans for eventual hook-up with the ATT
- ATT Crossings: visibility issues where roads cross the ATT