Thursday, April 19, 2007

American Tobacco Trail, Wake County

Recently, we hiked part of the ATT in Wake County from the New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd. parking area to 64 highway, about 2 miles one way. This part of the ATT uses what they call screenings for the trail surface. It is essenitally crushed gravel and provides a pretty good walking surface when dry. There were lots of walkers, runners, joggers, bike riders and horses on the trail as it was "Saturday in Wake County" as we like to say. Really it could have been a lot more congested than it was. We only had to get out of the way of a couple of horses. One guy, dressed in black riding a black horse, was going at a full gallop going and coming. This trail really caters to horse riders. Just be careful where you step!

This section crosses a beaver kill apptly named Beaver Creek and at the 2 miles mark almost to Highway 64, there is a driving range with signs on the trail warning you about errant golf balls (not too cool if you get beaned by one, they hurt). This entire part of the ATT is approx. 5.5miles long according to the brochure but another section may have been added at this writing. One day we will go to the other end near White Oak Church Rd. to see for ourselves.

For more information, contact the park at (919) 387-2117.

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