This 520-acre flood-control lake offers visitors 16-plus miles of trails, picnic areas, boating, geocaching and catch-and-release fishing. (Courtesy Lake Crabtree County Park)
This 215-acre site adjacent to a 520-acre flood-control lake offers visitors 16-plus miles of trails, picnic areas, boating, geocaching and catch-and-release fishing. Visitors also have access to an open field, perfect for touch football or kite-flying.
Six miles of trails loop around the lake to offer scenic views, while the remaining 10 miles are popular with the Triangle’s mountain biking community. Most trails are shaded and offer gentle climbs and descents.
History buffs will enjoy visiting the remains of a 19th-century tenant farm located on the park, which includes a tenant house, stone-lined well and tobacco ordering pit.
During construction of the park’s trail system, staff members found Native American projectile points dating back to the Archaic period, indicating that the land was used for hunting — and possibly settlement — by humans for the last 5,000-plus years.
Staff members also discovered that, before the arrival of the first European explorers and settlers in the area during the 17th century, the area accommodated bison, elk, wolves and mountain lions during a time when virgin hardwood forests dominated the piedmont’s landscape.
Take plenty of water, sunscreen and bug spray since you could spend several hours hiking at the park. Leashed pets are permitted but swimming in the lake and camping are not. Feel free to use the park grills for meals (wood fires are not allowed).