Like Duke Forest near Durham, Schenck Forest is a university research tract. Just southeast of Umstead State Park, the woodsy 360 acres serve North Carolina State University’s Department of Forestry. It was established in 1936 with the planting of 80 acres of loblolly pine on exhausted fields by the Depression-era Works Progress Administration. The forest has an easy loop hike called the Frances Liles Interpretive
The lengthy Richland Creek Trail also passes through the forest, connecting William B. Umstead State Park’s Loblolly Trail to the west and PNC Arena and North Carolina State University’s Carter Finley Stadium to the east. The forest’s
main parking area on Reedy Creek Road is close to the paved Reedy Creek Greenway, which also links west to the state park’s multiuse trails (and Loblolly Trail) and runs east to the North Carolina Museum of Art and downtown Raleigh. That makes it easy to ride your bike to hikes at Schenck Forest and Umstead State Park. No dogs, bikes, horses, hunting, or geocaching are permitted in the forest—and do not block gates.
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