Lake Crabtree County Park

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Intermediate

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↑ 2,300 ft
↓ 1,800 ft
5.9
avg mph
154
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1:16
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AVERAGE RATING
3.40 out of 5
About This Trail
added by Guest on December 31, 2002
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Highland Trail Loops have three loops for mountain bikers. These trails may be short but both beginners and the more advanced rider can enjoy them. There are some good downhills and a lot of switchbacks for practicing technique. I have also heard you can ride from Lake Crabtree to Umstead State Park. Other activities at the park include picnicking and shelters, fishing, boat rentals, etc.
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benbald on August 27, 2014
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Review: This is a fun little trail and great for beginners. It's well-groomed and smooth with a few obstacles. It can get crowded, especially after 5pm on weekdays and weekends. Try the gap jump on loop 6.

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Brian Jacobs on June 29, 2014
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Review: A nice little ride. Nothing real challenging or super technical, but the trail flows well.

It's a great place for beginners. I bring my 11 and 12 year old sons here. they have just moved up to 26 inch bikes.

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jeff on June 27, 2014
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Review: This trail is just really... average. Not a whole lot to get excited about, though the skills area in the middle of the trail system is fun to session. Connect to Umstead for more mileage.

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Doc66 on May 20, 2014
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Review: Sad I don't have more time to ride here. Hard packed and leaf/loose pine straw make it difficult to maintain speed in turns. Trails are pretty wellaintaimed but do need some TLC in section 5 technical area. Large wash out with no room to bail if you wanted to. Watch your speed until you become very familiar with the harder potions of it.

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morijinal on May 20, 2014
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Review: I am a beginner. The trail was fun and fast and I could complete the uphills without needing to walk my bike. The loops all intertwine with connectors in-between, so there are many ways to ride the trails and circle around your favorite parts. I don't like that a section is within earshot of a highway and overall it definittely feels like a city park instead of a state park.

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IntelligentDesigner on May 18, 2014
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Review: There are only 1.5 good things about this trail. One is the flow if you keep your speed high, but berms to help with the sharp corners would be much nicer. Then there's a half-decent beginner jump line, and a good advanced one (which is pretty much always closed), but nothing in between. Nothing else challenging or technical or entertaining about this trail, and the "skills areas" - pfft. Maybe good for beginners or someone looking for a leisurely ride, but nothing good for anyone half serious about a good MTB experience. And if it's rained anytime within the last decade, you can expect it to be closed.

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maburner on November 8, 2013
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Review: In one word, FUN. Just got off the trails. Did all the loops. Overall it was pretty tame. Yes there was the jump park, it was closed, but looked technical, there was a good jump on loop 6,a few cool manmade obstacles on loop 5, and one short rooty section on loop 4. Again...tame.

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jeseye on November 3, 2013
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Review: I was disappointed with my ride today. The trail itself was nice, but I think everyone would be better off with established ride directionality. And also, the trail was too crowded with riders who had poor trail etiquette. In my 2 hrs of riding, probably 15 times when I was riding up hill, riders coming downhill ran me off the trail and just stared at me, no hello, no sorry about that, nothing. Ride somewhere else on a weekend!!

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redwingdb on September 11, 2013
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Review: Rode Lake Crabtree this past weekend. Dry, sandy conditions, but fast and fun. I don't remember these trails having so many roots, so it's degraded a bit. Still the pump course and skills area are fun and I like the trail varieties. Not a lot of uphills, but it will get your heart-rate up!

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scoobycarolan on June 24, 2013
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Review: I went this Saturday for the first time (and forgot to check-in). I've never ridden at a park properly & legally maintained by bikers. It was incredible. All the time I've spent at state parks in the Adirondacks hammering myself on ungroomed trails wouldn't prepare me for how FUN it could be. Usually I'm exhausted after 6 miles, that day I rode 15. Five of which were on a Niner Jet9 RDO at a demo sponsored by Cycling Spoken Here, their local dealer. There are tons of trail loops, a pump track, and a beginner skills section. All-in-all, it was awesome and shouldn't be missed if you have the opportunity.

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amb6708 on March 18, 2012
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Review: This was my first trail on my first bike. I really enjoyed it and as a beginner it was perfect. Another rider in the parking lot helped me out and talked to me a little about the loops. Everyone I met was nice and helpful. Extremely fun and looking forward to exploring more of it.

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random_heroL82 on February 11, 2012
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Review: This trail was a bit slick today. I had no problems climbing the hills or turning through switchbacks, but the other two guys I was with were complaining about it being slick. Its a great trail, but if your tires can't handle mud wait for it to dry

Similar Trail: San Lee

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Billh71 on June 8, 2011
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Review: Becoming much more flowy with recent changes. Easy beginner trail. Experienced riders can just enjoy getting in a groove and going fast.

Similar Trail: Little River, Beaver Dam

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vbeckman74 on March 13, 2009
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Review: There are 5 or 6 loops now and a pretty good jump/obstacle park if you're so inclined. I thought it was pretty fun.

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ScubaSchaef on December 26, 2008
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Review: This trail is pretty relaxing and has some exciting features. Lot's of soft pine needles on the trail when I was there. Some good introductory climbs as well as switchbacks.

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2leftfeet on December 19, 2008
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Review: Lots and Lots of new stuff at Crabtree. A nice medium sized pumptrack that is great for beginning pumptrackers. Now there are good sized dirt jumps to try out too! The Park staff has gotten more reasonable about re-opening the park after a rain. There are monthly night rides here for TORC memebers http://www.torc-nc.org Crabtree is great for single speed (as other reviewers have mentioned) I prefer a 32x16 here. Lots of roots and switchbacks to keep it interesting. The skills section is a fun break. These trails can be very crowded on summer weekends. In cool/winter months they are not-so-crowded.

Similar Trail: Morrisville

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vic_953 on September 23, 2008
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Review: This trail really is an outstanding singlespped track. The gearing on my bike was a little low for the climbs but first time is always a starting point.

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chainring on February 20, 2008
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Review: Great for beginners or just a warm up, before hitting Rocky Road. Has a training area w/some skinnies, and teeter totter.

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Reserverockhopper on December 29, 2007
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Review: Good place for beginners to learn the sport. They maintain it well and have added some very technical man made obstacles, but other than that, the trail is simple. I had fun, but not a keeper for seasoned riders. I recommend jumping over to Beaver Dam or Rocky Road.

Similar Trail: Country Park in Greensboro

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Sprocket78 on December 9, 2007
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Review: Very crowded. There are some cool obstacles ( a down tree you can ride, log jumps, bridges and a teeter totter). The only problem I had was staying on the same loop. They all over lap a bunch of times.

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go_fast13 on June 23, 2007
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Review: this was a pretty fun beginner trail. I took my wife, brother-in-law,9 yr old son, and 12 yr old nephew (all beginners) and they loved it. it had enough roots and slight elevation changes to be pretty fun for me too. rode it on a saturday, so there were alot of people we passed on the trail. my only issue is that there are about 5 separate loops and we weren't sure if we actually rode the whole thing. Update: Just keep going left and you'll hit the whole thing. Skills section is also a nice addition.

* Review edited 10/3/2007

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gone4a_ride on May 13, 2007
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Review: Spent 1 1/2 hours traveling to the park this afternoon only to find the trail CLOSED!, due to wet trail conditions. If your planing the trip you should try contacting the park, phone number 919-460-3390, prior to travel. The park was very nice, a good place to take the family while you ride. Could not see much of the trail except what was directly behind the trail closed sign, but the terrain appeared to be rolling and could have been worth the trip.

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ralph_s_bike on August 15, 2006
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Review: This is a great ride, especially combined with Umstead... watch out for the after-work crowds!

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rtate on March 3, 2006
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Review: I like the scenery and variety of the trail. Also, combining this with the Umsted ride makes for a nice day in the woods.

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Marcus_Hesse on September 13, 2005
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Review: My favorite trails in the Triangle. Super fast, smooth, rolling, turning, wee! Great for begininers, fast and curvey enough for advanced riders. I get a little bored after an hour of riding them, so take a break at the bench overlooking the lake, or head over to Rocky Road.

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elcoderino on August 27, 2005
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Review: Nice trails. Very crowded, though. On weekday evenings, you might have to pass / get passed or otherwise deal w/ 20 other riders. Frequently, this happens suddenly at high speed. Not a lot of obstacles along the trail, but there are some cool obstacles in a little play ground area. They have two long 2x10 (or so) bridges to ride on, and a teeter totter. These were kind of fun, and the bridges are good for practicing balance.

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Blur-Girl on June 2, 2005
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Review: Very nice trails. There are now 5 loops. Well marked, easy to follow. Seem to be ridden in both directions. Suitable for beginners. In a nice park too!!

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Guest on October 26, 2003
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Review: Nice trails for afterwork riding or a quick ride on the weekend. They haadded a loop 4 that is a little more technical and adds to the challenge of the original three. Also there is a connector that joins loop 1 with Ulmstead so the rides can be much longer!

Similar Trail: Chapel Hill Trails

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: These trails are great for beginners, and those looking to hone their handling skills at speed. Wide well defined single track, combined with a healthy mix of short up- and downhills make for a fun, abeit short time on these trails. The distance of the three loops is short, under 6 miles, but it is great if you are looking for hte after-work jaunt, or to build up to the longer routes in our area

Similar Trail: Dunn Rd, Hog run

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: Good ride, especially for beginners. Young riders (5+) can handle most of the ride as well! Good for family outings, especially with other activities available at the park. Well marked.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: Great riding for all skill levels. Some great switch backs and some nice steep climbs for the crankers in all of us. Check out the new loop four, a little more technical than the first three, lots of fun.

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Lake Crabtree County Park MTB Trail 3.40 out of 5 based on 31 ratings. 31 user reviews.
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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