floodplain.jpgWhether you are a child or an adult, Lake Crabtree has a program for you! All programs offered at Lake Crabtree are FREE unless otherwise stated. All programs have space limitations and, therefore, require registration prior to the program.


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. 

Wake County parks and preserves have been open throughout the pandemic. Visitors must comply with guidelines set forth by the state, including gathering with no more than 50 people and maintaining physical distance of at least six feet from any other person.

Measures to limiting 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.  

The following restrictions will remain in place at Wake County parks and preserves through at least September 30: 
  • Park centers are closed.
  • Park programs and events are cancelled. 
  • Special operations, such as boat rentals, group camping and lodge rental, are not available. 
  • Shelter rentals and other park use agreements are cancelled. 
In the meantime, be sure to check out our digital programming at wakegov.com/parks/fromhome.

Experience Lake Crabtree County Park virtually! Check out our Lake Crabtree from Home page.



To register online, use the registration buttons to the right of each program or the links below the description.

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Family Programs

*Preregistration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted. All participants must be registered. All family programs require an adult to register and attend with children under 18. Age restrictions may apply. Age limits are established for safety and program content. Pets are not permitted at programs.


Children must be accompanied by an adult. Storytime for Tots occurs on the first Wednesday of each month (March-November) and includes a story followed by nature exploration and a craft or activity. Come prepared to actively participate with your child. Programs run from 1–2 p.m. Preregistration is required. Ages 2–6.

These programs are open to students 6–13 years old. Parents/guardians are welcome to stay for the program or drop-off. Preregistration is required.


Lake Crabtree Fall Litter Cleanup
Saturday, October 10, 8:30 a.m.–noon
Help clean up Lake Crabtree's shoreline and other areas around the park. Individuals, families and groups can register to participate in this event. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Gloves and bags will be provided. Participants must bring a completed Wake County Volunteer Waiver Form to the event. Long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. Drinking water, sunscreen and a hat are recommended.​ Ages 5 and up.


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Visit Lake Crabtree's Adventure Backpack Bin, on the garden side of the manager's office, for some educational fun! You can participate in a citizen science project, go on a scavenger hunt or do some birdwatching! All of the information and tools you need are provided. Just show up anytime during park hours, sign out a backpack at the bin and begin your adventure! Please be sure to take our short survey when you have completed your activity.


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