Monday, May 10, 2010

Lake Crabtree Park- Morrisville

It's like a two-for-one day! Two different parks in One day. From Sarah C. today:
 
Lake Crabtree County Park is located off of Aviation Parkway just south of I-40 and Raleigh Durham International Airport. It has a wide variety of activities from enjoying trails by foot or bike, to playing volleyball or on one of the playgrounds, and fishing or boating on the lake.
D and I visited the park one recent sunny afternoon. We explored both playgrounds. There is a “Kids Lot” for ages 5-12 located near the Dogwood Shelter. It features a play structure with multiple slides as well as climbing and balancing options. There is also a sand volleyball court adjacent to it where we saw a couple of kids having fun digging.

The “Tot Lot” for ages 2-5 is tucked into a wooded area next to the Beech Shelter.
In my opinion, it has the better location with plenty of shade and nearby picnic tables (in the shelter and nestled into the woods). There is a big play structure and one lonely teeter totter that looks like a Stegosaurus. D is not quite 10 months now and we have been able to enjoy some play areas with me assisting him on the slides or him crawling alone through tunnels. This particular play structure was a bit high off the ground and too advanced for us. We’ll try again when he’s a bit older.

We left the play areas to stroll down to the lake.
There are nice paved paths to the lake and one that runs alongside with access to various sites (the fishing pier, boat rental, etc.) making it an easy walk with the umbrella stroller since I had forgotten to bring the bigger one that day. D was quite entranced by the lake. I imagine the shimmery water caught his eye. And with our view unimpeded by trees for the first time within the park, he could also see the planes as they flew over (which many readers know by now D can’t get enough of airplanes). Unfortunately the boat rental was closed during our visit. I plan to take D back in the near future to watch the colorful Sunfish sailboats. I’m betting he’ll love that.

Another thi
ng I would like to try on a future visit is a walk along Old Beech Nature Trail. It’s just over half a mile and for walkers/joggers only. My husband and I dared to try walking part of the Highland Trail once a few years ago (pre-baby) and had to jump into the woods multiple times to avoid being run over by mountain bikers. Thus my advice is to avoid that particular trail with little ones.

Check out the park website for additional information including a park brochure and map to help you plan your visit.

Lake Crabtree County Park- Morrisville
1400 Aviation Parkway
http://www.wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree/default.htm

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