The Crabtree Creek Trail in suburban Raleigh, North Carolina, is composed of seven segments: Alleghany, Buckeye, Crabtree Valley, Crabtree-Oak Park, Fallon Creek, Middle Crabtree Creek and North Hills. The segments range from 0.25 mile to just over 3 miles long, for a total of 12.15 miles for the whole trail system.
The trail system follows 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 Blvd 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.
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh, Brier Creek & NW Raleigh
Lindsay Drive, Raleigh, NC