Durham Rail Trail

Bicycle + Pedestrian Trail

This bicycle and pedestrian trail will be approximately 1.76 miles long. It will connect pedestrians and cyclists from North Durham to the Ellerbe Creek Trail network to Downtown Durham. The trail will have proximity to the American Tobacco Trail, as well as major transportation nodes, such as the Amtrak Station and Durham Station. The trail will be a paved, multi-use, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-accessible route primarily within the former Norfolk and Southern Rail corridor. The trail will pass through the South Ellerbee Creek Stormwater project and cross West Chapel Hill Street, West Main Street, West Morgan Street, Fernway Avenue, West Corporation Street, West Trinity Avenue, Washington Street, Glendale Avenue, North Mangum Street and North Roxboro Street. At least two stream crossings, as well as a restored rail bridge sections, are all features of the project.

  • Durham, NC
Project Owner
  • City of Durham
Project Size
  • 1.76 miles of trail
Teaming Partners
  • WSP
  • Toole Design
  • Perkins + Will
  • Falcon Engineering
  • BREE + Associates
Services Leveraged
Project Types

The trail will include accommodations for potential access spurs to adjacent neighborhoods and be designed to accommodate future park improvements along its corridor, as well as encourage trail focused development in the downtown area. The McAdams team is working closely with City staff and community partners to ensure equitable weight is given to all stakeholders during design, construction and planning for future development of the trail.