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Umstead State Park

#6 of 150 things to do in Raleigh Features Animals
8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617-7501
+1 919-571-4170
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Absolutely gorgeous, plethora of fun hiking trails

I've been coming here for weeks now, and absolutely love it. I've done Sal's Branch a few times... read more

Reviewed 7 April 2017
Durham, North Carolina
Back To Nature

This was our first time to Umstead and we loved it. We did the two trails that are accessible from... read more

Reviewed 6 April 2017
Wellington, Florida
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8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617-7501
+1 919-571-4170
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Reviewed 7 April 2017

I've been coming here for weeks now, and absolutely love it. I've done Sal's Branch a few times (2.8 mi), Company Mill (5.8 mi), and Sycamore (7.2 mi). Sal's Branch was quick and easy and quite clear. Company Mill has a good bit more hills...More

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Reviewed 6 April 2017

This was our first time to Umstead and we loved it. We did the two trails that are accessible from I70. One was about 2.5 miles and the other 1.5 miles. The woman in the visitor center was very helpful explaining the different trails. Both...More

Thank davidhess76
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Just visited the park this weekend since we will be hosting an upcoming wedding here. Amazed by the beauty, the stately trees, the stone pavilions and the overall cleanliness of the park, nearly 6,000 acres. We didn't want to leave...more anxious then ever as we...More

1  Thank 14valentine2014
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Beautiful park, we did a fantastic 3-mile hike (named something like "Sal's loop"... it was great thru forests and partially along the lake. The park is great and clean, no traffic or parking problems!

Thank Bill L
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

We had hiked earlier at the neuse river so parked at the lake and walked down the short hill trail to the lake. It was beautiful sunny spot to lounge in the grass

Thank daisey0001
Reviewed 28 March 2017

We went to Umstead this past Saturday and hiked one of the trails. It's a great place to spend a leisurely afternoon.

Thank Douglas S E
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Been here several times during the spring and summer. My family takes a nature walk to the available trails.

Thank LAvenus79
Reviewed 23 March 2017

We've biked and hiked the trails at Umstead and they are all well maintained, scenic, and fun. Weekends can be crowded, but during the week, the trails are wide open. Some of the bike trails can be steep. Hiking trails are mostly flat, but lots...More

Thank EnviroTravel
Reviewed 16 March 2017

I did some hiking in the Umstead Park and I really liked it. I believe, in the morning I was the only one there. It was February and the first nice days of spring arrived. The tracks are properly marked and maps are provided. I...More

Thank steffen K
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

It was a beautiful February day and I needed to run. Rather than do it on a dreadmill I checked the local map for running destinations and found this park. I entered through Crabtree Creek and stopped at the Visitor Center, which is staffed, has...More

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Can you rent bikes?
22 February 2017|
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Response from TeamUSMC | Reviewed this property |
The Bike Chain is right by the Glenwood/70 entrance. They rent bikes. That would be your best option.
Where would I need to park to access the sycamore trail? Thanks!
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.
Is boating allowed?
24 October 2015|
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Response from 211DanB23 | Reviewed this property |
They have rentals. Private boats not allowed...