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Umstead Park Professional Review and Guide
"If you want to get outside, be surrounded by trees, and just spin, then this is your place. Umstead Park offers clear, well-maintained gravel Forest Service roads throughout this thick patch of woods. This is a great aerobic workout within easy distance of downtown Raleigh, though it rates on the bottom of the adventure scale. It’s also a very good ride for someone who hasn’t been on a bike in a long time. Umstead makes a good addition to Lake Crabtree if you want to spin after you do some single-tracking. Tread: 13.9 miles of doubletrack; 2.2 miles of paved road (no traffic though); 0.5 mile of hard-packed roadside path (you just can't call it singletrack)."
--Timm Muth, Mountain Biking North Carolina (Falcon Guides).
Easy trails and very well marked and maintained. Not really that spectacular but nice for a hike before or after work. Only downside is that it's right on the edge of Cary and on weekends everybody and their brother is out enjoying the trails. Too crowded for my taste.
Good beginners trail but offers nothing to the adventure seeker. Not recommended for intermediate or extreme seekers.
Great, well marked trails. Not much challenge but great walking. An added bounus is the fishing at Big Lake (at 54 acres not too big) from the available rental canoes.
Great Park with a variety of different trails for hikers, runners, bikes, and horses. All trails are marked and lots of maps can be obtained at the Park Offices. Get out and enjoy this Great Park in beautiful North Carolina!!
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