The American Tobacco Trail (ATT) is a 20-mile (32 km) long Rails-to-Trails project located in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, running along an abandoned railroad bed originally built for the American Tobacco Company in the 1970s. The route crosses through the City of Durham, Durham County, Chatham County, and Wake County. The ATT is part of the East Coast Greenway and is open to pedestrians, cyclists, equestrians (in non-urban sections) and other non-motorized users.
The American Tobacco Trail is split into three main sections, from North to South:
City of Durham :
- The completed trail in the City of Durham, part of the City greenway system
- The incomplete gap between NC Hwy. 54 and Massey Chapel Road. Plans are underway to fill this gap.
- The completed trail in southern Durham County, Chatham County, and Wake County.
The ATT begins in the City of Durham across Morehead Avenue from the Durham Bulls Athletic Park
. Trail users may park in a gravel parking area underneath the Durham Freeway (NC 147), except on game days. The trail is a 10-foot (3.0 m) wide asphalt paved greenway with loose gravel shoulders. It is open to walkers, cyclists, rollerbladers and wheelchair users, but not equestrians.
Durham County :
South of I-40 there is a 2.7-mile (4.3 km) natural or existing surface segment that is currently open. This portion, which extends from Massey Chapel Road past the Chancellor's Ridge subdivision, crosses under Fayetteville
Road, crosses Scott King
Road and traverses Crooked Creek, is currently under reconstruction by the Triangle Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (TRTC) under a grant from the Durham Open Space and Trails Commission. The trail may be most accessed at 7682 Fayetteville Road, Durham, NC 27713, as there is off-road parking. A short spur of the trail continues north from Massey Chapel Road and currently ends in a swamp.
Chatham County :
The ATT trail traverses 4.5-mile (7.2 km) in Chatham County. Once the trail crosses into Chatham county, the trail converts to a dual surface of asphalt and compacted screenings. The trail is open for foot, bike and equestrian use by TRTC. The trail crosses Northeast Creek and O'Kelly Chapel Road, past the Old Chatham Golf Course. It also traverses the end of Pittard Sears Road, Panther Creek, and continues past New Hope Church Road. Most street crossings allow on-road parking.
Wake County :
The ATT traverses 6.4 miles (10.3 km)  in in Wake County, followed by a usable but unimproved 1.9-mile (3.1 km) portion. The improved greenway is approximately 10-foot (3.0 m) wide with a granite screening surface. The trail is open to hikers, cyclists, wheelchair users and equestrians. Users can access this portion of the greenway most conveniently at 1305 White Oak Church Road, Apex
, NC 27523 or along Wimberly Rd. The towns of Apex and Cary
have plans to connect their municipal greenway systems to the ATT in the future. The trail terminates at a trailhead off of Ragan Rd.