Long Trails of the Triangle: American Tobacco Trail
Distance: 22 miles
Location: Western Wake/southern Durham counties
Surface: Mix of paved and finely crushed gravel. Starts at the southern trailhead as natural surface, switches to a mix of natural surface and paved trail after about 6.5 miles and winds up, for the last third, as paved.
Uses: Bicycling, running, hiking/walking, horseback riding
Family friendliness: Very good. Good place to take young cyclists.
Vibe: Appeals to a range of users. Runners, equestrians and cyclists who aren’t crazy about riding the road like the southern portion of the trail, commuters like the northern 6.5 miles for its access to downtown Durham. The trail is the spine of the Triangle’s greenway system, linking greenway in Cary and Raleigh with trail in western Durham and downtown, at the American Tobacco Campus.
Note: About a one-mile stretch of the trail, including a pedestrian bridge over I-40 in Durham, is under construction and expected to be completed in the summer of 2013.
More info: GetGoingNC.com/Raleigh