One paved access road runs down the center of the park and the trail
heads and lake are visible from it. We didn't walk/jog any of the
trails, so we cannot say for sure whether they're better for hiking or
jogging.215-acre Lake Crabtree is overshadowed by its much larger 5,000+ acre neighbor Umstead Park, but it still presents a fun venue for a short jog or hike for those within walking distance.
If you're not staying at the Hilton Garden Inn and are contemplating driving somewhere for a run, hike, ride, or other, go to Umstead. But, if you happen to be within walking or jogging distance of Lake Crabtree or want an easy access body of water (the lake is 500 acres), this is a good retreat. Let us know!
Getting there: The park is open from 8am to sunset throughout the year. Exit south off of I-40 and turn left at Aviation Parkway about a half-mile from the interstate.
Note: Trails may be closed in overly muddy conditions.