Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about the great outdoors in the Triangle – parks, trails and green spaces under blue skies. So brush up on your trail etiquette, lace up those shoes, slather on the sunscreen and join us for some fresh air and fun times.
When I feel like escaping to the beach, but don’t really have the time for a day(s) long beach trip, a visit to Lake Crabtree usually satisfies that urge. The 215 acre park lies adjacent to a 520 acre flood control lake in Wake County near Morrisville and Cary. The park contains more than 6 miles of trails for hiking (including a loop that circles the lake) and about 10 miles for mountain biking. Other activities include catch-and-release fishing, sand volleyball courts, canoeing, sailing and geocaching.
Lake Crabtree is ideal for water sports like sailing, rowing and paddling. There’s even an interpretive paddling trail on the lake. The park has a boat rental facility open from early May until late September but also has a year-round public boat launch area. So feel free to bring your human, wind or electric-powered watercraft (but leave the gas-powered boats at home please).
There’s certainly a lot of activities to keep you busy at Lake Crabtree, but sometimes it’s nice to just relax and take in the view. You can bring a camp chair and plant it in the sandy shore and watch activity on the lake, including stand up paddle boarders that enjoy the lake’s calm waters. A short stroll along the lake boardwalk and piers reveals wildlife that call the lake home. You can climb the stairs inside the viewing tower to take in the surrounding scenery as seen from on high. Whatever your activity preference, the next time you feel the need to be on or near water visit Wake County’s nearest beach at Lake Crabtree.