This loop trail around Lake Crabtree passes through woodlands, across an earthen dam, and through wetland areas. The hike’s varied terrain includes some steep climbs, providing photographers and nature lovers with great views and diverse sights.
This 5.8-mile trek around 520-acre Lake Crabtree begins with a hilly, wooded walk on the northern side of the lake. The trail soon emerges into an open area on the lake’s eastern end and heads uphill toward the earthen dam. The trail becomes paved at the dam, and here the park connects to the Raleigh Greenway system. Take a scenic walk over the dam and continue to a footbridge where the unpaved trail resumes.
The trail passes over some steep hills before settling into a flatter, easier area. As you reach the southern side of the lake, you pass through swampy areas. Keep an eye out for the gnawed trees and sticks indicating beaver activity in this section.
Morrisville, NC - Hiking,Mountain Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 5.8