The Triangle Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (TRTC) works with local and state government officials to preserve local abandoned railroad corridors for future transportation and other interim uses such as recreational trails. We are also the primary advocate and "Friends" group for the American Tobacco Rail-Trail which runs from downtown Durham,through Chatham and to Wake County.
TRTC currently holds volunteer work days most Saturday's of each month in for interested citizens to help improve the future trail so that folks can use it right now in a safe manner.
We currently maintain and effectively manage over 6.5 miles of trail in Durham and Chatham counties. This is trail which would not be open for use at all unless TRTC did the work with volunteer labor. Over 2500 folks per month use the American Tobacco Trail on the 3 mile-long section maintained and managed by TRTC in southern Durham.
We normally work the first and 3rd Saturdays in southern Durham county, and the 2nd and 4th in Chatham County. However, that is subject to change as conditions warrant!
Holes have been filled in, 30 tons of trash removed and fences are have been installed. We have built a trail access parking area on Fayetteville Road about a mile south of Southpoint Mall. We are in the process of donating this completed facility, valued at over $100,000 to the City of Durham.
We work with Chatham County to maintain and manage over 3.5 miles of trail there and are in the process of clearing and cleaning the remaining mile, so that folks can use it safely. Many already use this section as they come north out of Wake County. We will have the trail in Chatham largely cleared before construction starts in mid to late 2007.
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