Crabtree Creek Trail

North Carolina

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Crabtree Creek Trail Facts

States: North Carolina
Counties: Wake
Length: 15.9 miles
Trail end points: Lindsay Dr. and Anderson Point Park
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6585790
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Crabtree Creek Trail Description

The Crabtree Creek Trail, in suburban Raleigh, stretches nearly 16 miles along the Crabtree Creek corridor through forested greenways, city parks, residential areas, and among some business areas.

The trail passes through stands of loblolly pine, elm, ash, buckeye, river birch and poplar with an understory of box elder, hornbeam holly and dogwood. Trail users also experience lovely views of Crabtree Creek, with large rock outcroppings here and there, as well as steep slopes. At Lassiter Mill Park you can see the former site of Lassiter Mill Dam and former site of grist mill built in 1764. The mill last operated from 1908 to 1958.

Though mostly asphalt, some portions are unpaved. You'll find picnic areas and a playground on Crabtree Boulevard and plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities, especially along the boardwalk over wetlands near Raleigh Boulevard. Look for the gazebo where you can watch and photograph birds, including waterfowl and blue herons.

The Crabtree Creek Trail links to the southern terminus of the Mine Creek Trail near Generation Road. At Anderson Point Park, it joins up to the Neuse River Trail

Parking and Trail Access

There are several parking areas along the trail, including:

  • at the trail’s northernmost point at the end of Lindsay Drive near the street’s intersection with Oak Park Road
  • North Hills Park (100 Chowan Circle, Raleigh)
  • Kiwanis Park (2525 Noble Road, Raleigh)
  • Anderson Point Park (20 Anderson Point Dr., Raleigh)

Crabtree Creek Trail Reviews

You can ride from the Neuse River trail to about New Bern Blvd, but west of there is all torn up for sewer work. Check the link on this page to the Raleigh Greenways page to get construction updates to see what parts are open.

I know i sound like a crab ... but don't waste your time on this green way. Too many closures may it unreliable. Riding the greenway system in Raleigh is like driving up north during construction season. And you're not safe on the Neuse River Greenway either ... encountered a closure on there just north Anderson Point. No options for detour. Early signage is generally poor - today encountered the closure on Neuse River greenway with no warning. Turned around went back to Anderson point and road west on the Crabtree green way only to encounter several signs announcing a closure for utility work ... which never actually appeared. Only to be stopped at Capital blvd with another unannounced closure ... and by the way that area was closed most of last year.

The Crabtree Creek Greenway is 14 miles long and has been a centerpiece of Raleigh's wonderful greenways network. However, Crabtree-the-Creek is the poster child for why communities should think carefully about investing in floodplains. The stream overflows often, causing trail closures for repairs. The trail also shares this corridor with the city's utilities, which also cause trail closures for repairs. Here's the current list of problems: If you have the patience to explore this lovely greenway, be flexible and count on having on-road detours. Or try Raleigh's parallel (and less flood-prone) Walnut Creek Greenway instead. Both trails intersect with Raleigh's Neuse River Greenway, the longest paved trail in NC.


We started on the end/beginning of trail on pocardy drive. Once we hit a little over 4 miles, we hit a nice neighborhood on alleghany that was a bit hilly so we turned around. The trail was clean and wide enough for all 5 for us to be side by side. It was pretty flat until we hit that neighborhood.

Enjoyed riding this trail and the multiple surrounding trails it connects to, incl Crabtree Creek, Reedy Creek, Mine Creek, etc. Varied course, w/a variety of hills, a few tunnels, and is generally well designed and maintained. The option of stopping off near Meredith College for food/snacks is a big plus, as well as being able to readily connect to Rocky Branch and Centennial trails get to NC State and downtown is very cool. This and the whole network of trails in and around town are the things I miss most about living in Raleigh.

I'm just chiming in to say that the trail is complete, and can be accessed at Anderson Point Park in Raleigh. I just tried it out yesterday, but only did 8 out and back. Nice trail, and am looking forward to completing the whole thing. Take my five stars with a grain of salt, since I've only gone on the trail for 8 miles, and only one time. I had to put something, and would rather err on the side of higher star count.

This is a nice trail with a few notable shortcomings. It is very scenic in parts, such as the extensive boardwalks through wetlands west of Raleigh Blvd. Unfortunately the boardwalks were closed for a quite a while due to sewer line repairs but appear to have opened again. The trail is also subject to flooding from time-to-time because Crabtree Creek gets large amounts of urban runoff. Portions of the trail south of Raleigh Blvd are extremely steep for a greenbelt and should be approached with caution.

The trail will receive a huge boost when it joins up with the newly completed Neuse River Trail east of Raleigh. The final section is scheduled for completion in early 2014, and will enable cyclists to ride from Raleigh to the Neuse River, and then follow that trail either north or south for a number of miles.

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