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Lake Crabtree Loop



7.4 mile 11.9 kilometer loop
95% Singletrack


Ascent: 240' 73 m
Descent: -239' -73 m
High: 348' 106 m
Low: 282' 86 m


Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (3°)


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A loop of Lake Crabtree county park covering most of the trail system.

Greg Epplin

Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed

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Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.


Lake Crabtree County Park singletrack is by far the most popular place for beginner riders in the Triangle. This featured ride covers most of the trails in the park with minimal backtracking.

Need to Know

This trail is easy flowing and has multiple parking lots to start from. I chose to record this featured ride starting from the parking area along Old Reedy Creek road. Starting from this point also allows access to the doubletrack trails in Umstead state park and the greenways trails on Black Creek greenway.


The Lake Crabtree trails are one of the favorite rides in the Triangle. They offer gentle climbs and descents for beginners and fast flowy tracks for more advanced riders. Portions of the aptly named Lake Trail offer great views of Lake Crabtree. The eastern end of Lake Trail ends at Old Reedy Creek road. Parking at this location offers access to the Lake Crabtree trails, the Umstead State Park gravel trails, and the Black Creek greenway paved trail.

There are many variations to this basic loop and you are never very far from bail out points on this trail system if you need them.

History & Background

Lake Crabtree County Park offers visitors opportunities for outdoor recreation. Located on a 215-acre site adjacent to a 520-acre flood control lake, the park hosts more than 16 miles of hiking and biking trails for its main activity. Other activities include group and individual picnicking, catch-and-release fishing, boating, and nature study.

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Oct 25, 2019
Joy Cameron
Sep 1, 2019
Rich Mitchell
lots of Roots, good berms, skills obstacles along trail. lots of loose over hard. 7.4mi — 1h 09m
Jul 7, 2019
Bettina Bks
With Irena day after MTB class 4.6mi
Jun 28, 2019
Dennis Jackson
5h 30m
Jun 22, 2019
Adam Van Rooy
May 31, 2019
John Budd
11.7mi — 1h 44m
May 28, 2019
August Peterson
May 19, 2019
Brandon Farmer

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