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Residents can access American Tobacco Trail in Chatham County

Posted Monday, May 17, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - In preparation for the June 5 grand opening of a 4.7-mile section of the American Tobacco Trail (ATT) in Chatham County, the county advises residents of access points for the trail. The ATT is a regional trail for recreation and commuter use by pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorized users.

The ATT is a 22-mile “rails to trails” project that runs from the City of Durham near the Durham Bulls Athletic Park to the New Hill community in western Wake County. In Chatham County, the surface of the trail section just south of the Durham line to New Hope Church Road is a combination of asphalt and compacted screening.

Several groups other than Chatham County have been involved with this phase of the ATT project. Congressman David Price helped secure funding, while the NC Department of Transportation designed it and managed the federal grant. The Town of Cary handled construction oversight and grant compliance.

Parking for the ATT in or near Chatham County is available at two locations:
White Oak Church Road: Just over the line in Wake County, this trailhead has a parking area.
Pittard Sears Road: At the end of this road (connects to O’Kelly Chapel Road) is a small gravel lot.

Click HERE for map showing parking areas

A third option will be available in 2013 when a new trailhead parking lot opens on New Hope Church Road. The county is also exploring parking options on O’Kelly Chapel Road, but are at an early point in the process.

Parking along O’Kelly Chapel Road is currently hazardous until improvements to the area are made to accommodate parking. No parking signs will be posted in the area soon and will be enforced by the Chatham County Sheriff.

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Residents can access American Tobacco Trail in Chatham County