Lake Crabtree County Park, Morrisville

#225 of 525 in Parks in North Carolina
Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Lake Crabtree County Park is a park in Wake County, North Carolina. It is a forested area between Cary, Morrisville, and Raleigh-Durham International Airport, bounded by the northeastern shore of Lake Crabtree, I-40, and Aviation Parkway. The main entrance is on the Aviation Parkway side and is equipped with two playgrounds (for different age groups), a boat dock (as well as rentable sailboats), bathrooms, an observation tower, and other amenities. A system of hiking and biking trails crosses through the park, with the most used one (especially by hikers) along the lakeshore. This trail connects the park entrance to the Black Creek Greenway-Old Reedy Creek Road intersection, near the entrance to William B. Umstead State Park.

Since 2012, Lake Crabtree County Park has been a host venue for the Valor Games Southeast, a three-day adapted-sports competition for veterans and members of the Armed Forces with disabilities. The park features a wheelchair accessible dock providing unparalleled access to the water for people with disabilities. Since 2016, Lake Crabtree is home to the NC State University Sailing Team, and the host venue for the SailPack Women's Intercollegiate Regatta, as well as the Triangle Tango Regatta, a co-ed fleet racing event, both held in the fall. Community Sailing is a featured activity during the summer at the Lake. The RTP High School sailing program is also located at Lake Crabtree and hosts interscholastic regattas on site.
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  • Went there just to hangout for few hours and it was great experience. Just relax in cool and natural place.  more »
  • In the wintertime, this county park is very peaceful. There are some nice hikes, but be aware you might be sharing it with mountain bikers. It has some very nice pier areas from which you can...  more »
  • This park is conveniently located to many nearby places to stay and eat. The park is very clean with nice walking trails and place to relax or picnic. The lake is very nice and stocked with a variety of fish to catch and release. The lake is large enough for boating with a kayak, canoe or paddle boat. This is one of my favorite stops when I have a little time to spend in the area.
  • My new place go to place during the summer months. Guys, boat rentals are FREE. All you need is your ID. And there is no time limit. Didn't actually get to check out any of the trails, but can't wait to go back to explore. I noticed a nice looking play ground on the way out. Sufficient parking.
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