Umstead State Park — Sycamore Trail

Morrisville, North Carolina

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The Sycamore Trail offers the park’s best glimpse into its past, in part because it’s Umstead’s longest trail. Umstead’s more recent past presents itself within the first few hundred yards. The blue-blazed trail descends immediately to Potts Branch, a small draw that felt the wrath of Hurricane Fran in 1996 as much as any part of the park. Fran made a direct hit on Umstead, washing away bridges, flattening buildings, and blowing over hundreds of trees. Along Potts Branch, the massive beeches and oaks that lie helter-skelter are a reminder of the hurricane’s destruction.
100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

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100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)

The Sycamore Trail offers the park’s best glimpse into its past, in part because it’s Umstead’s longest trail. Umstead’s more recent past presents itself within the first few hundred yards. The blue-blazed trail descends immediately to Potts Branch, a small draw that felt the wrath of Hurricane Fran in 1996 as much as any part of the park.

Fran made a direct hit on Umstead, washing away bridges, flattening buildings, and blowing over hundreds of trees. Along Potts Branch, the massive beeches and oaks that lie helter-skelter are a reminder of the hurricane’s destruction.

©  Joe Miller/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Morrisville
Distance: 7.2
Elevation Gain: 454 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-3 hours
Season: Best in Fall, winter, summer
Driving Directions: Directions to Umstead State Park — Sycamore Trail

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