The American Tobacco Trail stretches for more than 22 miles in North Carolina between Chatham, Durham, and Wake Counties. There are several different places to access the trail, but many visitors choose to start in Durham. This trail is easy to use and doesn't feature sharp inclines, but to walk from one point to another will take several hours. Some hikers choose to hike just a portion of the trail and head back the way the came, while others stop in towns the path crosses.
Your dog can accompany you along the American Tobacco Trail if they're on a leash. Garbage bins line the trail, but visitors must provide their own doggie bags and bring their own drinking water.
A significant portion of the trail's surface is asphalt, so it's likely you'll spot not only dog walkers on the path, but also inline skaters and cyclists. The southern portion of the trail is also open to horseback riders, so you might spot larger four-legged friends, too! The rest of the trail is crushed stone, so wherever you are on the path, it's easy to bring along a stroller or wheelchair.
The American Tobacco Trail is part of the Rails to Trails Conservancy, which has converted more than 1,600 disused rail corridors into dog-friendly walking trails. This portion of the trail was completed in 2014, and it's been a pawpular place for dog walkers ever since!
During your trek, you'll see a variety of plant and wildlife species, including turtles, beavers, deer, and owls. The southern portion of the trail is used as an access point to wildlife areas, but hunters are not allowed to carry guns on the path.
Whether you walk the entire length of the American Tobacco Trail or just do a little bit at a time, you and your dog are sure to enjoy yourselves!