Featured District Parks
Chatham County has three major district parks in different parts of the county, which have a wider range of amenities than other parks and facilities listed below. Links for more information for each park are:
Other County Parks & Trails
Earl Thompson Park
170 Bynum Hill Road, Bynum.
Directions From Pittsboro: Travel north on 15/501, cross the Haw River and turn right on Durham-Eubanks Road. Turn left at the stop sign and continue to Bynum Hill Road. Park is located at the top of the hill on the right.
Amenities: Softball field, restrooms & playground, dog friendly (all dogs must be on a 6 foot or less leash).
**There is a $10.00 per day fee for use of the softball field with no lights. There is a $20.00 per hour fee for use of the softball field with lights, two hours minimum.
American Tobacco Trail (ATT)
Walking Trails in Chatham County
Chatham County Recreational Bicycle Map. The Chatham County Transportation Advisory Committee created the Chatham County Recreational Bike Loop Map in Spring 2014 for the purpose of providing residents and visitors with suggested "loop" routes for recreational bicycling. Each ride begins and ends at the same location. The maps display distances and area with potentially high traffic volumes .Recreational Bike Loop Map
The trail was originally proposed in the late 1980s to convert a former line of the Norfolk Southern Railroad to a recreational trail. From 1910-1974, the railroad line carried tobacco and other products from towns in Durham, Wake and Chatham counties to the American Tobacco Company's plant in downtown Durham.
Although the trail only runs for 4.6 miles in Chatham County, it is a major recreational opportunity for the fastest growing part of the county. It also is an important link with recreational land use plans for Durham County, Wake County, and the Town of Cary.
Development of the Chatham County portion of the trail is listed in the county's Recreation Master Plan, adopted in 1999, and is a collaboration between Chatham County, the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Town of Cary.
The Grand Opening of the Chatham County portion of the trail is slated for June 5, 2010, with more details to come.Haw River Canoe Access:
Bynum Beach Access: A one-acre site on Bynum Beach Road
15/501 Access: Located on US 15/501 on the north side of the bridge over the Haw River
Links to Other Parks & Recreation Facilities & Trails