The American Tobacco Trail staff offers a variety of public educational programs for all ages year-round. Visit our calendar of events and sign up for our e-newsletter to stay up to date!
 Our staff also offers public programs at Harris Lake County Park! Check out the Harris Lake Public Programs page for more details.

 Kids running down the trail

Family Programs

Star PartyNC Science Festival Logo
Friday, April 24
Time: 7–10 p.m. 
For all ages
Cost: FREE!
The staff from the American Tobacco Trail, Lake Crabtree County Park and the Agape Center for Environmental Education are co-hosting this 2015 Statewide Star Party themed "Our Solar System" as part of the NC Science Festival. This FREE event will take place on the American Tobacco Trail at the White Oak Parking Field under the stars. All ages and skill levels are welcome to attend. There will be some fun hands on activities early in the evening including constellation storytelling. As the sun goes down we will begin to observe a variety of celestial objects, both inside and outside our solar system through telescopes and binoculars. Bring your curiosity, a water bottle, chair or blanket, your own viewing instrument if you have one and dress for the weather! To register for this free event please call 919-387-4342. Meet at the White Oak Parking Area, 1305 White Oak Church Road, Apex, NC 27523.
This program is a part of the NC Science Festival. To learn more, visit
Geocaching 101
Thursday, May 14
Time: 4:306 p.m.
Ages: 6 and up
Cost: $5 per family or $3 per individual
Do you enjoy discovering new ways to use technology in the great outdoors? If so, geocaching is for you! Geocaching is like a treasure hunt where participants use GPS coordinates to track down "caches." In this program, we will teach you what geocaching is all about and then search for some geocaches along the Trail! We will provide GPS units and instruction on how to use them, or you may bring your own unit or smartphone with a geocache app. Class size is limited. Meet at the New Hill Parking Area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex, NC 27502.
ATT History Hike
Saturday, June 6
Time: 9–10:30 a.m.
Ages: 14 and up
Cost: $5 per family or $3 per individual
Join Trail staff on a guided hike down the American Tobacco Trail. Learn the history of this recently completed Rails to Trails project and hike down the trail to visit an old tobacco barn. Meet at the White Oak Parking Area, 1305 White Oak Church Road, Apex, NC 27523.

 Trail Treks Monthly Series

For all ages
Cost: $5 per family or $3 per individual
Trail Treks programs meet at the New Hill Parking Area,
1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex, NC 27502
Magic Soil Bag
Thursday, April 23
Time: 3–4 p.m.
Participants will enjoy this interactive activity placing objects in the Magic Soil Bag as we tell the story of how soil is made. Only the Magic Soil Bag can produce soil in a matter of seconds, it takes hundreds of years in the natural world. The importance of soil conservation is clear after learning the story of soil.  
A Wood Duck's World
Thursday, May 28
Time: 3–4 p.m.
Wood ducks are one of our most beautiful ducks living at Beaver Creek on the ATT.  Learn about their lifestyle, see a mount up close then hike to the bridge over Beaver Creek to look for them in the wild.  Bring your binoculars.


 How to Register

 For more information and to check availability for American Tobacco Trail programs, contact the Harris Lake County Park office at 919-387-4342 or email us at

To register, complete and sign the PROS Program Registration Form and return it with payment by mail to American Tobacco Trail, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill, NC 27562 or bring it by the Harris Lake County Park office.

Please Note: Payment and a completed, signed registration form must be received to confirm your spot in our programs. Registration must be received at least two days prior to the program date. If the minimum number of registered participants is not met, the program will be cancelled. All payments must be made using cash, check or money order (made out to "Wake County Parks") – park staff do not currently have the ability to take credit cards.