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Lake Crabtree Loop

 4.0 (36)

7.4 Miles 11.9 Kilometers



240' 73 m


-239' -73 m



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Max Grade (3°)

348' 106 m


282' 86 m


Shared By Greg Epplin


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

Greg Epplin

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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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Nov 4, 2018
Steve Plowman
First time at Crabtree park. Rooty as hell but fun. Crowded at weekends. 5.4mi
Oct 15, 2018
Yates Pharr
dry and some blow down limbs. 9.4mi
Sep 20, 2018
Matt Rothkopf
Sep 10, 2018
Jeff Mack
Sep 9, 2018
Nicholas Feliciano
2nd best flow trail in wake county
Aug 18, 2018
Jose Cuadra
Aug 18, 2018
Natalie Santana
Aug 7, 2018
Don Childrey

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Just rode this track yesterday for the first time. This course is well-maintained and has great flow. Its a place where you can get alot of speed. There are no significant climbs or technical sections, so it is a little different from tracks that I am used to, but still a fun ride! Sep 14, 2015
As a beginner I loved this trail. Well maintained and no ruts. Lots of fun twists and turns, uphills, downhills and enough to keep things exciting for a noob like me but without feeling like you might die if you make a mistake. I can't wait to go back. May 24, 2017

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