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The trail was originally proposed in the late 1980's 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. Runners, bikers, and equestrians enjoy it's trails which can transport them for miles.
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.

ATT PARKING AREAS: Click here for information on parking locations in and near the Chatham County section of the ATT.  Click here for more detailed information about the American Tobacco Trail.
TRAIL HEAD PARKING (Trailers Included):
• 1309 New Hill Olive Chapel Rd, Apex, NC 275
• 1305 White Oak Church Rd, Apex, NC

Haw River Canoe Access

  • Bynum Beach Access: A one-acre site on Bynum Beach Road. The dirt lot for parking is at the corner of Bynum Rd and Bynum Beach Rd next to the stop sign and opposite of the line of mailboxes. DO NOT park at the end of Bynum Beach Rd or in front of the Residential Houses.
  • 15/501 North Canoe Access: Located on US 15/501 on the North side of the bridge over the Haw River. This canoe access has a MUCH larger parking lot and better access to the water for those looking to put in at either this or the Bynum Beach Access.
  • 64 East Canoe Access: Located on US 64 East this access parking lot is right off of Foxfire Trace. To get directions in Google Maps search "Haw River Canoe Launch (Lower Haw put-in, Middle Haw Take-out)".

Links to Other Parks and Recreation Facilities and Trails

Jordan Lake State Park
Town of Siler City Parks & Recreation
Town of Pittsboro Parks & Recreation
Town of Cary Park and Recreation
Town of Goldston Parks and Recreation
Triangle Rails to Trails
The Haw River Trail
Triangle Land Conservancy