Durham Rail Trail

Nia Rodgers, Senior Project Manager
919-560-4197 ext. 21225


517 W Main Street
525 W Morgan Street
526 W Morgan Street
332 Fuller Street
308 Fuller Street
760 W Corporation Street

Overview Map

Durham Belt Line Map

Current Phase


Team Members

Durham Parks & Recreation Department
Neighborhood Improvement Services
NC Department of Transportation
Transportation Dept. Bike & Pedestrian Div.




New Trail Update
Nuevas Actualizaciones

Expected Completion


Project Updates

Design and Engagement schedule will be posted as soon as it’s available; interested parties should watch the website.

May 2021

Land Surveying Beginning Soon 

Residents, businesses and property owners next to the rail corridor received letters by mail, in English and Spanish, to let them know that land surveyors, engineers, geologists and City staff will be out collecting data on the physical conditions in the corridor and adjacent properties over the next several months. Most of the project is expected to be built within City-owned property or streets, but if any construction impacts to private property are anticipated, the City will be in contact with the property owner.

March 4, 2021 

City council receives presentation on status of project funding & design direction: City Council Work Session Presentation (Belt Line discussion starts at 47:34)  

March 2021

 City Council authorizes design contract: Bull City Today Mentions Durham Belt Line Trail

May 2020 

City applies for U.S. Department of Transportation funding: 2020 Build Grant Website for the Belt Line

Project Description

This project includes design and construction of an approximately 1.76 mile long multi-use trail in an abandoned Norfolk and Southern rail bed. It will connect pedestrians and cyclists from North Durham to the Ellerbe Creek Trail network, and to Downtown. The trail will also pass through the South Ellerbe Stormwater Project.

Equitable Engagement Plan:

Master Plan:

Ellerbe Creek Stormwater Project: