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Umstead State Park

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8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617-7501
+1 919-571-4170
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Really Nice Park

This park has fantastic trails to hike, bike or horseback ride. We really enjoyed going through the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Miami, Florida
Nice State Park Near Urban Area

We're lucky to have such a nice state park in the Triangle! Hiking and running trails abound, and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Morrisville, North Carolina
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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.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good29%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“hiking trails” (24 reviews)
“reedy creek” (9 reviews)
“trail running” (8 reviews)
8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617-7501
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This park has fantastic trails to hike, bike or horseback ride. We really enjoyed going through the forest and finding animals and walking by the lake. I definitely recommend visiting this park.

Thank FPAdventurer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We're lucky to have such a nice state park in the Triangle! Hiking and running trails abound, and it's nice for picnicking too!

Thank dukefan86
Reviewed 16 November 2017

This is an very beautiful park in Raleigh with multiple entrances. We had taken the Glenwood side. Lush green and very serene beautiful. This provides an excellent break from the city. There are multiple trails with varying levels of difficulty. The lake in the middle...More

Thank BR C
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

All kinds of fun things to hike... Multiple trails lead to the lake, bike trails connect. Paddleboats available at the lake as well

Thank BPncsu
Reviewed 1 November 2017

Beautiful hiking trails and lake. Nice retreat from the hustling and bustling of city life. Very easy to get to!

Thank Kristin H
Reviewed 18 October 2017

There are excellent maintained trails and mountain biking at Umstead but to see the true soul of the park go rambling (go off trail)! There are wonderful rock formations (some 2 stories tall), small creeks and small waterfalls, pine forests, and holly groves. The grounds,...More

Thank Jason S
Reviewed 12 October 2017

This place has great hiking trails, and lots of them. They trails range from easy to moderate. Great place for a stroll with the kids or the pets. There is also a river that runs though the park that is good for the kids/pets to...More

Thank EcoTraveler13
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Came by for a 6-mile stroller run on the park's gravel/dirt trails. There is ample parking at the trailhead and best of all, this park is free! The Reedy Creek Multi Use Trail has lots of rolling hills but it is doable with a stroller!...More

Thank kurokitty
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Only had a couple hours to spend here but it was enough to put on our to do again list. Well kept park with groomed trails and cement trails too in some areas for easier access. Lots of camping, picnic and bbq areas. Too many...More

Thank kcslatts
Reviewed 14 September 2017

We visited this park through the Harrison Ave entrance and hiked a trail. Even though it is so close to the city, you can find peace and quiet here. Other people passed us but we were strolling down the path enjoying the quiet. I will...More

Thank Pat_and_kids
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22 October 2017|
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Response from simplefreeme12 | Reviewed this property |
I didn’t know there were cabins for rent. But the trails are suitable for a 31/2 year old active child. The trails are untouched and they are beautiful! I’d call and ask about the cabins and request photos if you haven’t... More
22 February 2017|
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Response from simplefreeme12 | Reviewed this property |
You can rent canoes and boats.
5 January 2017|
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Response from debbiekubiet1 | Reviewed this property |
Access the park off Glenwood Avenue (Route 70) which is the NW part of the park. There is a parking lot as well as a ranger station. Enjoy this trail as it runs along Sycamore creek.