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Level: Intermediate
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +645/ -571 ft
Total: 318 riders

Mountain Biking Lake Crabtree County Park

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#58 of 543 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#1,142 in the world

Highland Trail Loops have six 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.

First added by searsandrewj on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: yes
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
"From I-40, exit 285 on Aviation Parkway. There will be signs directing you to Lake Crabtree County Park.
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  • sbernal1

    Perfect trail to get into the sport. Good flow and not many hard climbs. The trail is well kept by volunteers. It includes a skills area, pump track and jump area.
    This trail is made up of loops which can be confusing and not well marked. Also it's a two way trail so watch for riders coming your way. You can take a detour and go to the Umstead Park trails which is a nice way to stretch your mileage.

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  • R Treb

    A lot packed in to a relatively small area. Just a conveniant fun and well maintained trail. Little skills park and pumptrack and a (usually closed )big jump site that had a lot of work put into it. Definitely fun for all.

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  • eddyz9   ✓ supporter

    Clear & well-maintained, except for maybe the jumps & pump track, but pretty blah and confusing. The downhill is fun if you can tolerate the noise from the highway, not to mention the airport. Maybe a good beginner ride if you live nearby.

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  • luckie8

    Great mtb trails

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  • George Van Den Driessche

    One of my favorite trails to ride in the Triangle! TORC has done a great job of creating a smooth flowy trail system out of a relatively flat area.
    Overall, the trail is a fairly easy ride and great for a beginner mountain biker, but it is also great for the seasoned rider who wants to practice their skills in a controlled setting

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  • dbg94

    I was in the area the other day for a UNC Baseball game and stopped by for a quick ride. Well maintained trail system that's fast and flowey. I love to hit pump tracks when available and this one is short and sweet. Very well laid out and a lot of fun. Tried to make it around 4 times without peddling and was smoked. Saw a few other riders but overall not that crowded. Will def try to make it back.

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  • Jbugg305

    This Trail is fun and very flowy. There's always a lot of people and I don't like the workers there so I just don't go anymore.

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  • Ernie DeBlasi

    Very fun trail. Sometimes closed after rains. Something here for all levels. Pump track and jump line are really fun.

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  • windblown

    This trail/park is in real danger of being replaced with hotels and offices from airport development. There is a petition to save it. It's the most used park in the region. It'd be a shame to see it get paved over. Google the group "save the crab".

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  • jaredtrumbo

    Perfect place to teach your kids how to ride on trails. Well maintained, smooth, fun. Has a nice jump track and pump track. Little elevation. Nice views of the lake.

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  • Angel K

    When I visited, the main trail was closed, but there's still a section that's considered airport property that people ride throughout regardless of signage. There's a clear, well used single track that runs throughout the outskirts of the airport. Good, light climbs, plus a few water crossings if you choose. A little crowded, probably because it's the only green in the middle of the city - easily accessible. Still recommended if you stop by Raleigh, good half day ride.

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  • William Newman Jr

    I was out in the trail this afternoon - it was my first time out here.
    It was a nice flow with some climbs, some roots - oh and lots of leaves in some areas but not bad. The trail looks well kept
    I enjoyed the ride and probably wil come back when I'm in Raleigh again.
    I highly recommend the trail.

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  • jordanw

    i just moved to NC. I have not ridden in a while so having so having a great area for riding I dusted off my bike and took her out for a spin. This is a great trial to get loosened up and familiar with the trails again. I would have given it more stars but there didn't seem to be any rhythm or reason to bike traffic.

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  • jordanw

    I just moved to NC this past week, so I decided to dust off my bike which I haven't used in a while and take it for a spin. I really liked this trail. It was great for getting back into shape and getting the rust off my joints. It was kind of busy though and did't seem to have rhythm or reason as far as the flow of traffic goes.

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  • [email protected]

    I had a great time on these trails, and would definitely return to explore further. If you compare it to the Kerr Scott trails, it doesn't have near as many jumps and berms, but it is still a great place to get in a good 6-10 mile ride with plenty of elevation change and challenge. I'm told that there are several more unofficial trails across the highway if you want bigger jumps, but I didn't have a chance to get over there.

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  • mattlax20

    NEWLY UPDATED! I love the new berms and banks! This is by far the most well maintained trail and is a must ride if you're in the area. You can get 5 - 7 miles out of it depending on which routes you take and most everything is very well marked. I typically ride counter clockwise. Not many hard climbs, so you'll probably want to ride in at a higher gear. Pretty smooth with a few root areas...oh and a new rock garden as well. There are also several skills areas down the fire road from the jump zone.

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  • JTDavis

    This trail is super well maintained, the majority of the trail is fast and clean with some roots to break up the monotony. It's shorter than most, but is an excellent place to learn and sharpen some skills. They have parks with some jumps lines, a pump track and skinnys. Overall is really nice.

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  • Iamhumberto

    If you go all the way you wont regret it great trail

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  • benbald

    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

    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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