As the first established county park, Lake Crabtree County Park offers visitors opportunities for outdoor recreation. Located on a 215-acre site adjacent to a 520-acre flood control lake, the park hosts more than 16 miles of trails for its main activity. Other activities include group and individual picnicking, catch-and-release fishing, boating, and nature study.

The park is subject to closure during special events, inclement weather, and for natural recovery. The park is also closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. 

For updated park and trail conditions contact the park office.


The Town of Cary's Crabtree Creek Greenway project is now complete and the Crabtree Creek Greenway is now open!

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Park Rules and Regulations

  • Speed limit is 20 mph. 
  • Pets must be restrained with a 6-foot leash at all times.
  • Fish from designated areas only. Catch and release only.
  • Wood fires are not allowed; use park grills only.
  • Park only in designated areas. No parking on roadsides.
  • The following are prohibited:
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Firearms, except as allowed by Article 54B of NCGS Chapter 14
    • Hunting
    • Overnight camping
    • Swimming
    • Collection or removal of any natural material
    • Amplified music

Geocaching at Lake Crabtree

The hunt is on during this high-tech “treasure” hunting activity! The idea is to use GPS devices to find hidden containers within the park. This activity is self-guided by getting coordinates from and bringing your own GPS unit. Those wishing to establish a new cache must receive approval prior to placing a cache. To obtain the approval you must complete and submit a Geocache Placement Request Form to the park office.


Historical Home Site

At Lake Crabtree you can find the remains of a 19th-century tenant farm. You can see the ruins of a tenant house, a stone-lined well and a tobacco ordering pit. The home site can be accessed from our Open Play area by following Connector Trail B. For more information check out our home site brochure.

Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC 27560
[driving directions]



General Public Park Hours:
8 a.m.–sunset

Park Office Hours
9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Park entry is FREE.