Tucked away near the Raleigh Durham International Airport and a bunch of office parks is Lake Crabtree County Park in Morrisville.
The 215-acre Wake County park off Aviation Parkway sits next to a 520-acre flood control lake and offers fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking, mountain biking and nature exploration. There are a couple of playgrounds, lots of picnic shelters and some paved trails, which are great if you've got a stroller.
It also offers a host of programs for kids from toddler to teen and adults. I was there during a storytime where the subject was earthworms.
I'm told this park can get really busy on the weekends. But when I was there on a weekday, it was pretty quiet.
Check out this video for more on the park and hear from Colleen Bockhahn, assistant manager in charge of environmental education, who spoke with me about some of the programs offered at Lake Crabtree.