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Submitted by curt on May 2, 2013
We're about to start planning for the third Annual Ales for Rail-Trails 5K Race in October. To help us improve this year's event, we have developed a short survey to gather information on your reactions to the event including both pre-race and post-race activities and how you found about our event. If you participated in the 2012 Race, please take a few minutes to complete this short survey . We look forward to seeing you in the 2013 Ales for Rail Trails 5K in the Fall!
Submitted by curt on March 23, 2013
It's Spring and folks will be getting out to use rail-trails more and more. Our Spring Newsletter has an update on upcoming surface and signage upgrades at the Thermal Belt Rail-Trail in Rutherford County, some news on progress on bridges for the Elkins & Allegheny Rail-Trail, plans for connnecting the Dunn-Erwin Rail-Trail to the River Park Trail and notes on the upcoming completion of the final section of the American Tobacco Trail. Members who have rquested hard copies should receive them in early April.
Submitted by curt on February 18, 2013
The New Hope Railway, a small line operated by hobbyists southwest of Apex NC, has recently acquired an 85 year old steam locomotive from a group in Georgia. In earlier times the New Hope line provided freight service to Duncan, NC and to Durham via the corridor on which the American Tobacco Trail (ATT) now operates. The New Hope Railway offers short rides on its trains seasonally and is located only a few miles from the southern end of the ATT. A recent article in the Cary News tells more on the group's mission and latest acquisition.
Submitted by curt on February 15, 2013
A recent article from the New York Times provides an interesting look at the positive reactions of citizens in a large metro area to a new rail-trail that promises to offer better connections to local transit as well as recreational opportunities and direct links to local parks. Two miles of trail opened recently and will be part of a long-term network that has been planned for over eight years. An earlier NCRT News article outlined the goals of this project.
Submitted by curt on January 15, 2013
NC Rail-Trails Board member Nancy Pierce has recently authored an interesting story with photos of several Thread trails for the Rails to Trails Conservancy. Her story "500 Miles Through the Carolinas" provides background on how several trails came to be and how citizens use them in their daily lives. The Thread is a regional trail network that will ultimately reach 15 counties and more than 2.3 million people in both Carolinas.
Submitted by curt on December 21, 2012
Do you like to run? Hike? Walk your dog? Would you like to strengthen economic growth and preserve historic structures in your community? If so, please become a member of NCRT!
As a member of NCRT you will:
- Contribute to the preservation of NC’s storied railroad past for use as public trails.
- Help provide a safe environment for individuals to hike, jog, walk or commute.
- Help sustain economic growth for areas surrounding our trails with the tourist and visitors our trails attract.
P.S. If you join by the end of the year, we will send you an aluminum water bottle to take with you as you walk our beautiful trails and enjoy some of North Carolina’s great scenery as a thank you!
Submitted by curt on December 19, 2012
On December 15th, the Triangle Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (TRTC) gave users of the ATT an early Christmas present with the opening of the Pittard Sears parking area. This medium sized lot (~18 cars) is located adjacent to the ATT crossing of Pittard Sears Road and is approximately in the middle of the Chatham County portion of the trail. This opening wraps up a 2+ year effort by TRTC to find a suitable site for parking in Chatham and to work with local organizations to raise the funding which made this fine trail amenity possible. The area was originally a sight triangle for the former rail corridor and is a portion of the corridor parcels owned by NCDOT's Rail Division and leased to Chatham for their section of the ATT. Major funding was provided by the Tobacco Road Marathon, the ATT 10 Miler Road Race, and the Carolina Tarwheels Bicycling Club. In addition to providing much needed parking, the area will have a seasonal water fountain to be installed just off the trail in the next few weeks. Major funding for the fountain was provided by a grant from Recreational Equipment Incorporated (REI). For more info and images of this project please see TRTC's web site.
Submitted by curt on November 20, 2012
On November 16th, a public-private trails group, the Carolina Thread Trail, commemorated the opening of mile 100 within the 15 counties it operates in. Following an aggressive Master Plan calling for long term development of 500 miles of trail and successful fund raising, these first 100 miles have been developed in just a little over five years. A variety of trails are included within the Thread system, from paved greenways in urban areas to natural trails in more rural settings. The Highland Rail-Trail in Gastonia is a part of the Thread sytem. A Map of the Thread Trails system shows their locations. For more on the plans and progress of the Thread system please see this recent article from the Gaston Gazette.
Submitted by curt on November 3, 2012
The portion of the Little Tennessee River Greenway near the Southwestern Community College (SCC) Macon campus and Macon County Library that had been closed during work on the Siler Road Extension project has been paved and has re-opened to pedestrian use. The "Little T" is located in Franklin, NC and was partially built on an abandoned rail corridor. Stop by and see some great views of the river if your travels take to you to western North Carolina. Our Fall 2011 Newsletter has much more on this fine little trail. For more on the re-opening see this recent article in the Franklin Press.
Submitted by curt on October 15, 2012
Great weather, over 200 entrants and ale for all (over age 21) after the race. Many thanks to Bull City Running Company for planning and marking our course and for providing excellent timing services at the finish. Lots of pictures were taken and a bunch are making their way to us. For now you can look at a nice sample of the race and post-race activities on our Facebook page. Check back soon and we should have more pics. For race results click the links on the right sidebar of this page.