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Pre-registration for 2013 Ales for Rails-Trails 5K Opens August 1st

This 5K event will be held on Sunday October 13th at 4pm, with start and finsh near the FullSteam Brewery on Madison Street in Durham.  Registration through September 30th will be $25, and $30 from October 1-13. Please see our Ales Events page and our Facebook page for more on our third annual 5K race.

Final NCRT Newsletter--MARCH 2017

The final Newsletter is now online and can be downloaded at the following link until this site is taken off-line later this year:

Interesting Article on How Trails Improve Both People's Health and Community Health

Britt Storck is a member of the Board on NC Rail-Trails.

New Booklet on Great Trails in North Carolina

North Carolina's Parks and Recreation Division has issued a very nice 21 page booklet in PDF form which has pictures and descriptions of walking and paddle trails throughout the State.

Winter 2015 Newsletter Now On-line

We've just posted our latest Newsletter (click on the right block to read). In our lead article we feature an interview with AL Capehart, the founder of NC Rail-Trails and for over 20 years the single most active and influential person in advocating for rail-trail development in North Carolina. You'll also find updates on work on the Elkin & Alleghany rail-trail and some other trail development projects we are partnering with. ENJOY and please consider us in your end of 2015 donations.

Summer 2015 Newsletter Now On-line

Hot off the presses! Check out our Summer 2015 Newsletter to find out what's happening and what's on the way for rail-trails in NC. For this issue only click on our right side bar. For access to all of our Newsletters please go to our Newsletters page from the About link.

Santa Comes for a Ride on the ATT

AL Capehart and C.R. Townsend

Santa AL, aka Al Capehart was a long time advocate for securing the retired rail corridor and for the development of the ATT as a multi-use rail-trail. Many have referred to him as the father of the ATT. As a second career AL has appeared as Santa in the Raleigh-Durham area for many years and had a long ambition to have Santa take a spin on the I-40 bridge. On December 26th, his dream came true. Here is a picture of Santa with Carolyn Townsend, another champion of rail-trails and the Chair of NC Rail-Trails until 2009. For addional images of this happy event please see several on Flickr:

Third Year Impact Study of Swamp Rabbit Trail

Greenville County S.C. and Furman University have recently released an economic impact study of the third full year of the 18.7 mile Swamp Rabbit Rail Trail. Trail usage by both local citizens and visitors has grown substantially since the trail was opened in May 2010. A number of new small businesses catering to increased tourism have been spawned near the trail at the eastern end of the trail in Travelers Rest, SC. The County and others involved with the trail have produced a number of useful maps of the trail. For an interesting documentation of the long term role of this rail corridor please see

NCRT Welcomes New Executive Director

Ms. Emily Herbert will become the next Executive Director of North Carolina Rail-Trails (NCRT). Emily, a resident of Durham (and alumna of NCSSM and UNC), has been involved with other local nonprofits, including the Eno River Association, Duke Medicine, and the Diaper Bank of NC. Emily will officially begin her service on January 1st, 2015.

Our January 10th board meeting, in downtown Durham, will include an official welcome to Emily, as well as acknowledgment of Carrie Banks’ accomplishments during her 4+ years as our first E.D.


Community Input Workshop on the ATT--Sept. 27th

The American Tobacco Trail Study being done by North Carolina Rail-Trails and researchers from NC Central and NC State is going well. A community input workshop will be held this Saturday (Sept. 27th). The team will have a tent with tables at 2919 Fayetteville St. in Durham (just off the American Tobacco Trail at The Office Connection) from noon-4pm. It's a drop in type of event, no need to stay long but there will be hot dogs and raffles!