Parking for Horse Trailers at the ATT

There are 4 facilities on the ATT where horse trailers can be parked

--Scott-King Road parking area (~Mile Post 10) From Scott-King Road parking is accessed via a short dirt driveway which is about 500' east of the ATT. No water is available at this area.
--New Hope Church Road Trailhead (~Mile Post 14.5) Entrance to this parking is about 200' east of the ATT on the south side of New Hope Church Road. Water is available in the rest rooms year 'round and from water fountains seasonally.
--White Oak Church Parking Area (~Mile Post 17, 1305 White Oak Church Road. No water is available at this area.
--New Hill Olive Chapel Road Parking Area (~Mile post 22.3, the south end of the ATT. 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road). No water is available at this area.

TRTC Now Enrolled in AmazonSmile Program

Users at Pittard Sears fountain

We were recently added to the AmazonSmile program. Under this program Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Triangle Rails to Trails whenever you connect to Amazon by clicking here or on the icon on the lower left portion of this page. You can bookmark this link in your browser(s) for use in future purchases. We'll be using the proceeds from this program for routine expenses such as the water bills and annual maintenance on the water fountain at Pittard Sears and for the liability insurance we carry to cover volunteers participating in our workdays.

Rails to Trails: The Time is Now

Utilizing railroads for mass transit systems may become necessary in the next century. Why not preserve the existing railroad corridors and avoid condemnation of private land for government projects? Once preserved, why not use these relatively flat, straight corridors for alternate transportation through bicycle commuting and recreational trails? These are not unique or radical ideas. Rail-trails efforts are active and successful throughout the country. Currently, the TRTC is actively seeking volunteers and contributions. If you would like to help, or you want to know more, please join us today by completing a membership form or joining us in workdays with Friends of the ATT.

This view of the American Tobacco Trail (ATT) shows folks enjoying an early Fall afternoon on the trail in downtown Durham. (Photo from Nancy Pierce

Update on Eagle Spur Trail Project

As some of you may know, TRTC has been involved in a multi-year project to replace 3 large (36” diam.) drainage culverts in the mid-section of this trail. This has not been an easy project and has been delayed several times by high lake levels and the fact that the Wildlife Commission does not allow any mechanized equipment in this area. Notwithstanding these factors, we are making progress with several workdays per year and numerous efforts by 2 or 3 volunteers.
Good weather in early December allowed for the installation of Culvert #1 and the completion of the Fill over Culvert #2. Form Work and Concrete Pouring on Culvert #1 was done during the week by several retirees. Fill Work on culverts 1 and 2 were done by larger work groups on 2 Saturdays. Work on Culvert #3 will start this Spring on good weather days.
If You Are Interested in Working on This Project: We will have work days on weekdays and on weekends. We do more than just “Pick and Shovel” work – there is usually trash to be picked up, and limbs to be tossed off the trail. If you would like to join us for Exercise, Fresh Air and Sunshine send your name and e-mail address to

For images of our work on the Eagle Spur click here for photos on Google

We are also looking for someone who lives in the 751 South development to be our representative in that neighborhood. If you are interested or know someone who might be interested, let us know.

Winter Trail Clean-Up February 5

Harriet Sansone's volunteer group has scheduled a Winter Clean-up for Saturday, Feb 5th - lots of advance notice!
The group will meet at 9 am at the trailhead as it crosses Fayetteville Rd just north of Food Lion at 3022 Fayetteville Rd, Durham. Feel free to park in the Food Lion parking lot. They will provide snacks and water, and Durham Parks and Rec will provide all the equipment.
Please bring your kids, friends, and neighbors!
Here is the link to sign up (the link says fall cleanup, but it'll be the winter one!)

Workday at Eagle Spur Trail--October 18th 2020

Steve Lund is leading a workday on the Eagle Spur Trail, Sunday October 18th at 9:00 a.m. It's a concrete mixing and pouring party to anchor the first drainage culvert in position. Volunteers should plan to be out there for about 4 hours. We'll meet at the Colvard subdivision (on the west side of NC 751 in southern Durham County).
Steve's goals for this workday are:
1. Get the collars on culvert #2 poured.
2. Begin backfilling culvert #2 with locally obtained dirt. Please bring a shovel if you can.
Optional work if we have sufficient turnout:
1. Cut up and clear trees and logs from the trail.
2. Pick up and remove trash.
If interested, send an email to
The Eagle Spur is the original 1905 routing of today's ATT (before Jordan Lake was filled).


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