Lake Crabtree Tower

COVID-19 Updates
The health and safety of our visitors and staff remain the top priorities for Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. As Wake County follows the state’s phased approach to lift COVID-19 restrictions, we are also working to safely reopen park services in phases over the coming months.Shelter Rentals and Park Use Agreements As of October 1, shelter rentals and other park use agreements are available. Gatherings are limited to 50 people, per the governor’s executive order.

Playgrounds at parks managed by Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space are open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to maintain physical distance, wear masks or cloth face coverings, and wash or sanitize their hands often. Capacity limits are posted near each playground.

Park Capacity Measures to limit the number of people allowed in the park at one time remain in place. If a gate is closed or cones are blocking the entrance, that means the park has reached capacity. Parks that are run by towns or cities may be operating differently—please reach out to them directly before visiting their parks.

Help Continue to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Wake County park and preserve visitors must comply with guidelines set forth by the State of North Carolina, including gathering with no more than 50 people, maintaining physical distance of at least six feet from any other person, and wearing a mask or cloth face covering when social distancing is not possible.

The following restrictions will remain in place at Wake County parks and preserves through at least December 31 :
  • Park centers are closed.
  • Park programs and events are canceled.
  • Special operations, such as boat rentals, group camping and lodge rental, are not available.

As a reminder, 24/7 digital programming is available at


Park Information

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.


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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.


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.