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Umstead State Park

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Address: 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617
Phone Number: +1 919-571-4170
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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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Nice walking trails, dog friendly

You can get to this park from Raleigh or Cary and it's free. There are many walking trails and it's very shaded so good for walking dogs.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 May 2015
Debra D
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2015

You can get to this park from Raleigh or Cary and it's free. There are many walking trails and it's very shaded so good for walking dogs.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2015

I escape here for mainly bike rides and an occasional walk to get away from human interaction. Not too much to see here except some creeks and a few small ponds. There are just a few remnants of old construction mostly hidden but findable, including old home sites, a mill, a dam and some bridges.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2015

I really only do two things at the park: 1) Walk for Hope 5k 2) walk the trails off of the cary exit off of 40 For 1) I really love how they open up the park to causes that are important to the community. Sometimes facilitating and supporting these movements can be overwhelming, but they persist year after year... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2015 via mobile

This place is beautiful..exciting..food for the eyes and soul. This place holds beautiful memories, walks, trail running and lots of laughters. Perfect for therapeutic walks even mediation.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2015

This is a great spot and I've been enjoying the park almost every weekend for the past several months. Spring is certainly bringing out more hikers, bikers and joggers so I have to get out early to enjoy some time without the masses! Beautiful local resource.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2015

We have for over a year came to this park to walk our dogs we park in the section where you first come in and walk them up and around through the campground the sing states restricted campers and guest NOT ONLY so we walk through there. Went the other night and might power RANGER stops us says not to... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2015

We went with a group of kids and teens to hike on the trails. The trails were well marked and it was a casual hike with good views of the old forest trees and nature. The small museum was a lot of fun for the teens to go on the scavenge hunt. The staff was very friendly.

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Hiawassee, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2015

William B. Umstead State Park in Greater Raleigh is a nice day park for the residents and visitors. There are any number of walking trails, in varying lengths. Very well maintained, with picnic sites, water coolers in the woods, picnic pavilions with camp grilles, and convenience stations.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2015

Drive into the woods and be surprised by the multiple trails and picnic areas. Walk down to the lake and boathouse (was closed when we were there but still a nice walk), pass by families and friends cooking out. Free, pleasant. Loads of dog walkers.

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Gravatai, RS
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2015

There are six kind of woodpeaker. I just listened one and I saw another one. I believe the best season to go there is the middle of the spring.

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