Lake Crabtree County Park Mtb Trails Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Peter Reylek and Lauren Reylek, Best Easy Day Hikes: Raleigh-Durham (Falcon Guides).
"This is an excellent beginner trail where I send any novices looking for rides in the area. It’s smooth and safe with just enough roots and humps to keep it interesting. The park management and NC FATS deserve a big round of applause for their foresight in constructing the only legal singletrack in Wake County. Be careful of heavy bike traffic and idiots without helmets on the weekends. The park also offers picnic shelters, boating, volleyball, fishing, and playgrounds for the rest of the family. 500' Loop 2 connector Tread: 3.9 miles of singletrack."
--Timm Muth, Mountain Biking North Carolina (Falcon Guides).
"This hike encompasses more than just this county park by Lake Crabtree. The trek actually leaves the park boundaries and makes a full 6-mile circuit around the entirety of Lake Crabtree, using bridges, boardwalks, and narrow strips of land, meandering over wetlands, streams, along the shores of the impoundment, and over hills. Views are plentiful. The facilities at the county park enhance the experience.The emphasis is on recreation here at Lake Crabtree County Park. The 212-acre preserve is situated on the north shore of 512-acre Lake Crabtree, a lake built as part of the flood prevention effort in Wake County. Almost every square foot of this park is devoted to having a good time in the great outdoors. I-40 forms the north boundary of the park, and it is near the interstate where a 9-plus-mile vein-like network of mountain biking trails traverses wooded terrain."
--Johnny Molloy , Best Hikes Near Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill (Falcon Guides).
Lake Crabtree is a relatively large and growing trail system in the heart of the Triangle area of NC. It's location is great, and the trails are great, well maintained. Also, there are some nice things set up for testing one's skills too. For a quick ride in the middle of the triangle, this can't be beat. The only detractions from a five star rating: the trails are near the freeway in spots, and so the noise level can be high. And the scenery isn't the best - it's just mostly forested hillsides with few views. The only other detractor is because the area is compact, there are few stretches that allow for obtaining significant speed. I like cruising on my bike (i.e. Moab style), and can't really do that here.
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