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Lake Crabtree County Park

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Overall :   3.8 / 5.0   based on 82 votes
Technical :   1.8 / 5.0   based on 82 votes
Climbing :   1.7 / 5.0   based on 82 votes
Freeride :   2.4 / 5.0   based on 82 votes
Scenery/Wildlife :   3.3 / 5.0   based on 82 votes
Flow :   4.0 / 5.0   based on 71 votes

Description
Location: Just south of the RDU airport, off Aviation Parkway.
Miles: about 8
Skill Level: Beginner
Contact: Park office (919)460-3390 (call to see if trails are open)

Map
Park Hours and Fees
Directions
Rules of the Trail
Pump Track

Lake Crabtree County Park singletrack is by far the most popular place for beginner riders in the Triangle. Its central location is also great for relieving weekday stress if you work in RTP. The wooded trails connect to Umstead State Park and Cary's Black Creek Greenway.


Since it's so popular, plan on passing lots of other riders when the weather's good. Please be courteous and cautious with the riders you meet here. It is a great place to learn to ride and don't expect to come here and hammer people out of your way. Stopping to help out beginner riders does a world of good for our sport. There are six loops, some connectors, and the Lake Trail.



IMPORTANT NOTE: Crabtree trails are closed when they are muddy. Call ahead to see if they are open. Please respect the rules of the trail and don't ride on closed sections.

Directions
Go towards RDU airport on I-40 and exit onto Aviation Parkway going south. Crabtree County Park entrance is on the left. You may park in the first gravel parking lot or at the boat ramp parking area. One of the main trail entrances is across the road from the first gravel parking lot. Another great way to access the trail is via Connector C.

Driving Directions via Google


Park Hours
8:00am to sunset, seven days a week. The park is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Rules of the Trail

  1. All riders must wear a helmet.
  2. Respect the rights of all other trail users and obey park rules and regulations. Bikers must always yield to walkers.
  3. Plan Ahead.
  4. Ride only on officially marked trails.
  5. Keep your bike under control.
  6. Do not disturb or alarm wildlife.
  7. Pets must be kept on a leash at all times.
  8. Leave no trace (don't litter).
  9. Set a good example and report violators/hazards.
  10. Allow time to finish outings before the park closes.
  11. Park management has requested that group rides park at the boat ramp parking area. This leaves ample parking for the users of the open play lot.

Pump Track

Thanks to the wonderful staff of Lake Crabtree Park and volunteers, the first public pump track in the triangle area has been built. The pump track is located near the "old field rows" label on the map near the intersection of Connector A and Loop 1.

A pump track is a series of rollers and berms. Its intended to teach one to learn how to pump their bike over ups and downs on a trail, which when mastered, a person will be able to accelerate their bike with out pedaling. The pump track is not really intended to be jumped, which defeats the purpose of the track.

Rules/Guidelines

The building of the pump track involved uncounted hours of planning, negotiations, and construction labor. Please follow these guidelines to help preserve the pump track in a good condition.
  • no skidding
  • no pedaling
  • no braking
  • helmets required
  • lower your seat
  • body position should be more upright as you approach the roller
  • push down as you come over the roller
  • easier on a hard tail but can also be done on a full suspension bike
Note that if feels awkward at first. But once you get use to it, it's a lot of fun and a really good workout. Pedaling and braking destroys the rollers and berms. Especially when you "catch" a roller by pedaling over it.




This trail is not open for night riding except under organized night ride events coordinated with cycling clubs and park staff. Stay tuned to this site for upcoming night rides.

 

 


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Reviewed by:smokey_mountain
Reviewed on:05/08/2021
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The trail is actually quite good but because RDU is no longer accessible for riding this trail overcrowded now. During the work days it is actually fun, but weekends are very busy with hikers, bikers and dogs but we need to share for everyone to enjoy the sports, so I am fine with it. So happy to have it in my backyard!
Reviewed by:Reed
Reviewed on:04/29/2021
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really enjoyed the dirt jumps
Reviewed by:sprague
Reviewed on:03/26/2021
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The grand daddy of legal Triangle trails, starting back in 1992, which was about the time I began off-road trail riding. Due to a lot of usage, especially by beginners, the trail surface is packed well. Some of the original downhills in the Loop 1 area were re-designed many years ago to add distance and fun flow. Because of the great flow the course is fast, especially in the Loop 1 and 2 area. I always have a smile on my face when I get finish a fast, flowy ride here. Thanks to park management and TMTB for keeping trail in good shape for riders of all levels.
Reviewed by:wolfie
Reviewed on:02/24/2021
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Reviewed by:BanjoMTBer
Reviewed on:01/18/2021
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Overall a pretty easy set of trails. Quite a bit of roots and bumps, very short descents and assents, and not a whole lot of elevation change. Not very challenging for a seasoned rider, but a fun set of basic trails.
Reviewed by:rigotre
Reviewed on:09/10/2020
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Good trail to get introduced to mountain biking. Nothing really technical here. Some good flowy sections.
Reviewed by:BMeyer
Reviewed on:06/28/2020
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New to the area and would love to see the jump line area flowing again @ Crabtree. Anyone to contact to help get the jumps up and running? Bryan
Reviewed by:TrailRider68
Reviewed on:01/11/2020
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Great trail to get me back into the sport after 22 years off my bike. Nothing really technical on the trails, and no need to get off the bike. Great scenery, lots of people biking, but all were courteous on the trail.
Reviewed by:OutLore
Reviewed on:11/02/2019
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Reviewed by:SnowTrailsSurf
Reviewed on:08/28/2019
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Fun trails with cool jump lines and good flow.

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