I've been googling around (Strava, mapmyride, local bike shops) and I couldn't find a recommended bike route between Durham and Carrboro (or Chapel Hill for that matter). If google map's suggestion is the best, that's fine, but it would be helpful for someone whose done it to corroborate.


  • Is this for commute or recreation?
    – BSO rider
    Oct 10, 2015 at 22:55
  • It's for recreation
    – ilanman
    Oct 10, 2015 at 23:11
  • what do you mean by "recommended"? recommended by whom?
    – PeteH
    Oct 11, 2015 at 10:12
  • Recommended by someone who is familiar with the area
    – ilanman
    Oct 11, 2015 at 12:01

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I don't know where you want to start or finish, but here's some strava routes for central Durham to to central Carrboro

Red roads are more popular for cyclists, blue ones are less travelled, and white ones are rarely or never cycled.

popular Route between Durham, NC and Carrboro, NC? This one is the most "popular" based on strava tracks, and is 22.8 km.

elevation This path minimises elevation changes, so instead of 309 metres of vertical you only have 225 metres of climbs.

direct This is the most direct path but it appears to go down a main road, which may not be legal on a bike, in your area.

You can also find a number of strava segments in the area, using this link https://www.strava.com/segments/explore#location/durham/type/cycling/min/0/max/5/surface/undefined/center/35.92059,-79.052797/zoom/14/map_type/terrain

Curiously, Google's suggestion is different again to any of these.


I've never been there, but as a routing tool I can recommend brouter.org.

I find Google maps often doesn't know about a lot of paths, and still tries to direct you down major roads even when they are not the shortest way. Personally I prefer a quiet road to a major road, even if the road has a cycle path.

The maps are detailed and the profiles can be customized extensively.

Link: http://brouter.de/brouter-web/


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