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Location: Durham, North Carolina

Trail Length: 20 miles

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5 reviews

added on 2/29/08 by mudhunny

Multiple parking areas. Northernmost trailhead is just under Hwy 147 across from Durham Bulls stadium.

Good place to get mileage in but it is paved on the north end. Can get pretty hot in places due to a lack of tree cover.


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Guest on 4/6/11
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Review: My reference point is from the southern terminus, so may be different than the other reviews. The trail is the finely-crushed gravel that is nice for running. The trail is well maintained and you get the feeling that you are nowhere near a city, which is nice. I have seen a snake crossing the trail and it does pass marshy waterlands (a good thing!).

Compared to street running, it is pretty nice, though very flat and straight, and as I said, you are "out there." Lots of trees around, except over the trail, so any time other than 11am-1pm should offer some shade options. Compared to trail running, I rate it lower, as it is pretty boring compared to "real" trail running.

I wouldn't write it off, but wouldn't be my main source of trail running.

Also, it's fun to bike with the family.

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Chris Barber on 5/28/09
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Review: A lot of asphalt/concrete. This trail is better suited for riding your bike with plenty of trail to run. If you live in the area and need a long run this could be a good route that gets you off the streets and away from the traffic. A lot of access points and there are talks about extending it to another non-paved portion.

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runner1 on 2/25/09
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Review: The northern section of the Tobacco Trail is all paved and you'll have to dodge cyclists but it sure beats running on the road! Good place to put in the miles but some sections can be hot, flat, and boring. What else do you expect in eastern NC?

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Guest on 2/29/08
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Review: Pretty rough on the knees and no shade!

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