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The Crabtree Creek Greenway stretches just over 19 miles along the Crabtree Creek corridor through forested greenways, city parks, residential areas, and among some business areas. There are multiple sections of the trail in Morrisville, Cary, and Raleigh.
Morrisville (1.4 miles)
The trail follows the Crabtree Creek west for about 1.4 miles from Evans Road through Cedar Fork District Park to Crabtree Crossing Parkway. Before crossing the creek at its west endpoint, the trail connects to the Hatcher Creek Greenway. The trail's eastern end on Evans Road has a seamless connection to Cary’s section of the Crabtree Creek Greenway, which offers access to Lake Crabtree and Umstead State Park (8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh). There are restrooms at Cedar Fork District Park (228 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville).
Cary (2 miles)
There are two segments of the trail in the Town of Cary. The longer segment (1.7 miles) continues east from the Morrisville section at Evans Road and runs along the southern shore of Lake Evans. Crossing the lake via 730-foot concrete boardwalk, the trail ends by connecting with the Black Creek Greenway. The paved trail is 10-feet-wide and has a maximum slope of 5% with the majority of the route being quite level. Dogs are welcome as long as they remain on a leash.
There is a 0.3-mile section, the Bond Park Segment, which splits from the White Oak Creek Greenway to head north along a tributary of the Crabtree Creek in Fred G. Bond Metro Park (801 High House Rd, Cary). The park includes Bond Lake, a variety of sports fields and courts, a community center, restrooms, parking, and the Bond Park Lake Trail.
Additional restrooms are available at the Old Reedy Creek Road trailhead (2139 Old Reedy Creek Rd, Cary) and North Cary Park (1100 Norwell Blvd).
Raleigh (15.9 miles)
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 (3362 Lassiter Falls Cir, Raleigh) 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.
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.
This section of the Crabtree Creek Greenway links to the southern terminus of the Mine Creek Trail near Generation Road. At Anderson Point Park (20 Anderson Point Dr, Raleigh), it joins up to the Neuse River Trail. At Crabtree Valley Trail, the trail connects to the northern endpoint of the House Creek Greenway Trail.
The region's public transit system, GoTriangle, provides access to the trail. Visit the GoTriangle website for more information.
Parking is available at a number of locations along the trail, including Cedar Fork District Park (228 Aviation Pkwy Morrisville), North Hills Park (100 Chowan Cir, Raleigh), Kiwanis Park (2525 Noble Rd, Raleigh), Anderson Point Park (20 Anderson Point Dr, Raleigh). Visit the TrailLink map for all options and detailed directions.
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