And they’re off! (Well almost)

To celebrate the construction of two trail bridges connecting key segments of the American Tobacco Trail (an ECG designated trail), ECGA is hosting a bike and hike event to attract new users to the trail and demonstrate the utility of a continuous 22-mile trail corridor.

Sunday October 25th at 2:30 pm hikers will stride north on the ATT from Herndon City Park at 511 Scott King road in Durham just as bikers head south from the same point. The plan is to have the two groups reconvene 1.5 hours (and 22 miles) later over refreshments to hear about future trail efforts and to compare notes on what they have experienced.

Ever since the first major section of the ATT opened in Durham in 2000, the trail has provided a growing resource for non-motorized travel. Bike commuters, horse back riders, hikers, nature lovers and fitness buffs have all found homes on the ATT. However, the ATT had long been segmented at Northeast and Panther creeks by swampy arms of Jordan Lake. Bridges that were build for trains had been decommissioned. With their planking removed the bridges had become dead ends on the ATT.

But thanks to tireless efforts by many parties including NC DOT, Chatham County, the Triangle Rails to Trails Conservancy and the Town of Cary, the bridges have been rebuilt. Through travel will very soon be possible! ECG members look to be some of the first to cross these bridges and begin a new chapter of modern transportation and recreation in the Triangle.

Come join us!

Find out more about the ATT at triangletrails.org and find out more about the event by contacting Steve Bevington, ECGA Regional Coordinator, at (919) 638-6250 and/or at steve@greenway.org

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