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Lake Crabtree County Park

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Overall :   3.8 / 5.0   based on 57 votes
Technical :   1.8 / 5.0   based on 57 votes
Climbing :   1.6 / 5.0   based on 57 votes
Freeride :   2.5 / 5.0   based on 57 votes
Scenery/Wildlife :   3.2 / 5.0   based on 57 votes
Flow :   4.0 / 5.0   based on 46 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 Yahoo


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:Zilla
Reviewed on:06/13/2014
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These trails are great to learn on - easy enough so one doesn't get frustrated and end up carrying the bike a lot, but hard enough to get a good workout. i generally do the outer-most loop, with clockwise being the easier route in my opinion. I ride the lollipop trail (loop 6) for an extra kick-in-the-a**. Have fun, and wear a helmet!!!
Reviewed by:Miyata
Reviewed on:05/06/2014
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This isn't a hard technical ride but it sure is fun. It's a great beginner course, conveniently located, and well maintained. With miles of trails it offers almost endless variety. This should be a must see destination for anyone into the joy of riding in the woods.
Reviewed by:hsoverma
Reviewed on:11/15/2013
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I have been riding in and around crabtree since 1996 and we are very fortunate to have such a well maintained trail. I remember the days when the trail along the lake was only allowed to be used by hikers!

I used to NOT like crabtree for the following reasons (my thoughts and feelings only):

1) lack of technical sections
2) every change or "improvement" made it seem more like a convenient to people paved trail rather than a dirt trail cut according the convenience of the land.
3) Too much traffic

So, now I have change my mind over the last 2 years and I love the smoothness, the flow, the hard work of staff and volunteers to maintain it, and the improvements! This is one of the most well drained trail system in the area, and it is one of the first trail systems to open up after hard rains.

Stay away during weekends if you are wanting to go fast - courtesy always comes first on this trail and it gets really busy. First light in the mornings is one of my favorite times to ride - lots of deer to be seen and beautiful sunrise over the lake, and I can go fast if I'd like without bugging anyone.

My favorite loop is to run on outside either clockwise or counter-clockwise, but it is possible to get about 9 miles out of crabtree with little to no overlap if you plan your route correctly.
Reviewed by:time2ride
Reviewed on:10/06/2013
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Great trail for beginners or people that like to ride as fast as possible. Flows well and a easy ride compared to most other trails in the area. There are some nice views of the lake and if you can get out there mid-day during the work week there are hardly any other riders and you can start beating your previous lap times.
Reviewed by:woohoo
Reviewed on:08/21/2013
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Reviewed by:kdeanmtb
Reviewed on:08/16/2013
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This is a poem I wrote about my recent experience at Lake Crabtree, which I have been going to for a few years.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
but on the roots, my speed won't keep.
Needs more dirt, and perhaps upkeep,
Needs more dirt, and perhaps upkeep.
Reviewed by:bigballstick
Reviewed on:06/30/2013
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As I have not been on an off road trail since I was a lot younger this is a great place to learn. My GF and I are still learning the trails and have met some awesome folks to help guide us on this trail. It flows very nicely and is challenging to the very new beginner. Both her and I are still learning how to balance properly and keep our safe around the some of the harder areas. The important thing to all beginners is
1. go at your pace
2. challenger your self
3. allow other riders to help you
Reviewed by:Tanager
Reviewed on:05/31/2013
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If I could, I'd hit Crabtree just about every day at lunch (which is, I suspect, the secret dream of most bike geeks in RTP). It's centrally located and accessible, very well maintained, and simply a blast to ride. I'm somewhere near the low end of intermediate technically (I log the vast majority of my miles on a road bike), and LCCP is technical enough to make me work hard, but not so technical that I don't enjoy it, and there is a ton of good flow, even through all but the gnarliest sections. It's easy to rack up the miles here by exploring/combining loops, and you can duck out into Umstead onto the bridle trails/fire roads there for a break, or if you simply want to spin up the pedals for a while. There is enough climbing to get the pulse up, but there aren't any really extended climbs, so it's probably a good spot for those looking to get in shape, but who aren't there yet - and the trails are signed as to difficulty at most of the junctions, so you can (mostly) avoid anything beyond your skill/fitness level. This place is a real treasure.
Reviewed by:TonyOhh
Reviewed on:11/23/2012
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Great learning trail! For those just getting into MTB this would be the place to go. Very organized trails, clearly marked and well maintained.
Reviewed by:Klunkdub
Reviewed on:02/10/2012
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Awesome place to learn and develope skills! Jumps, pump track, flowing trail, technical sections, and minimal climbs make Crabtree a blast! Not to mention the family of deer that hangout along the trail. If you have not already, you've got to checkout crabtree.

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