The American Tobacco Trail staff offers a variety of public educational programs for all ages year-round. Visit our calendar of events, check out our August e-Newsletter and sign up for the newsletter to stay up to date!
Our staff also offers public programs at Harris Lake County Park! 
Check out the Harris Lake County Park programs page for details.
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Now Available!
Online Public Program Registration
You can now register for public programs online at your convenience
and pay for them with a credit/debit card!
Register for any of our programs by clicking the American Tobacco Trail icon next to the program, or click the one below to search for programs by location, age, date and more!
Learn more at the bottom of the page under How to Register.

Group at a geocaching program on the Trail


Upcoming Programs

Creatures of the Night
Friday, August 19
7:30–9 p.m.
For all ages
$1 per person
Learn about the animals that come out after the sun goes down. We will hike along the Trail to look and listen for coyotes, owls and more. Discover the adaptations necessary for these creatures to survive and thrive in the dark. Bring a water bottle and flashlight. Meet at the New Hill Parking Area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex, NC 27502.
Geocaching 101
Saturday, August 27
4:30–6 p.m.
Ages: 6 and up
$1 per person
Discover the American Tobacco Trail's new GeoArt project as you learn the basics of this high-tech treasure hunt! Learn what geocaching is all about, then search for some newly placed caches along the Trail. We will provide GPS units and instruction on how to use them, but feel free to bring your own unit or smartphone with a geocache app. Meet at the New Hill Parking Area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex, NC 27502.
September Stroll
Saturday, September 3
9:30–11 a.m.
For all ages
$1 per person
Enjoy a leisurely morning stroll along the Trail down to the Beaver Creek Bridge. We'll observe the natural world around us and take in some amazing views of the wetland. Bring binoculars and a water bottle. Meet at the New Hill Parking Area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex, NC 27502.
Busy Beavers
Sunday, September 25
4:306 p.m.
For all ages
These busy engineers have many unique features that allow them to survive in their aquatic world. Learn about their special adaptations through our "Build a Beaver" program, then hike to the Beaver Creek bridge to look for evidence of these industrious and amazing mammals. Meet at the New Hill Parking Area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex, NC 27502.
This free program is a part of "TACO" (Take A Child Outside) Week.

Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space has launched one of our
most requested features – an online registration system.
You can now sign up for a public program online
and pay for it with a credit/debit card!
To register for one of our public programs, click the link by that program
to be taken to the registration page on our online registration website.
The most common registration questions are answered on our FAQ page.
If you still need further assistance after visiting that page or if you have a question about a program, please call the Harris Lake County Park office at 919-387-4342.
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Are you unable to register online with a credit/debit card? Contact the Harris Lake County Park office at 919-387-4342 or email us at for assistance.