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Umstead State Park

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Address: 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617
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Sandwiched between downtown Raleigh and the airport, this oasis of green...

Sandwiched between downtown Raleigh and the airport, this oasis of green features a stand of 300+ year-old hardwood trees, more than 32 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, camp sites and lots more for nature lovers.

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Beautiful Spot

Very nice long hike on a mild February day. Nicely maintained trails. Quartz everywhere! Super cool. We are from Upstate NY so the change in geology was very satisfying. Would... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very nice long hike on a mild February day. Nicely maintained trails. Quartz everywhere! Super cool. We are from Upstate NY so the change in geology was very satisfying. Would have loved to have fished that pretty body of water. If you want some trail time that is a nice easy cruise this is your spot. We saw a turtle,... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While Umstead is a bit of a drive for me, I still go on occasion because I can have a longer, less crowded walk than at Lake Johnson (with less likelihood of also finding dog excrement on the path). There are options for short, medium or longer walks (or hikes, though Umstead is relatively level, so it's kind of hard... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautifully lush park with lovely trail system. A gem in a bustling city. Great for runners, casual hikes, dog walks, and best in spring.

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Cary, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Peaceful, beautiful, clean. Excellent hiking right in Raleigh. Frequent this park very often. Love it.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of varied trails that are not difficult. They are quiet except that there can be a number of hikers (I went on a Sunday afternoon). There is also a service road through the middle of it that is used by horseback riders and bike riders (it is not paved). There are periodic trail maps and the trails are well... More 

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Thank John K
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice spot with many hiking trails but rugged with many roots and rocks. Biking is allowed on roads but probably best to have MB. Accessible from both Raleigh and Cary greenways.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visit here a lot and I should have written a review before now. This is a peaceful place to have a picnic and then take a hike.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Always a great place to go for a walk with the family or just the dog. Even when it's busy you hardly see many people on the trails.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

If you love nature and hiking/running/walking, and a little history mixed in, you'll enjoy Umstead! I've seen people of every fitness level and you can bring your dog, too! There are 2 entrances with a trail connector in the middle (see the website for details), but entrance 2 is off Harrison Ave exit in Cary off I-40. Shortest trail is... More 

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Thank Jillie2016
Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Nice park that is very close to Raleigh and SAS. I had some time to kill to get home after a business trip so I went for a hike. I found a map of the trails easily and was able to quickly map-out my route. It's a decent, flat trail.

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