William B Umstead State Park

Raleigh, North Carolina 27690

William B Umstead State Park

William B. Umstead State Park Professional Review and Guide

"The park has 22 miles of hiking-only trails and 13 miles of “MUTs”—not dogs, but “multiuse trails” for horseback riding, mountain biking, and foot traffic (labeled “MUT” on the map). Three lakes allow fishing; rowboats and canoes are available in Big Lake, the park’s largest at 55 acres (no private boats allowed).

Public swimming is permitted only in one lake for renters of the park’s extensive cabin camps, which are available for youth groups and nonprofits. The park also has a tent campground with showers, open March 15 to December 1, and a twenty- five- person, 1930s accommodation called Maple Hill Lodge. Two primitive group camping areas are open year-round. No backpack camping is permitted."

More William B. Umstead State Park Professional Reviews and Guides

"William B. Umstead State Park is administered by the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation and consists of two sections, known as Crabtree Creek and Reedy Creek. Together they total 5,381 acres. Most of the forested areas contain trees sixty-plus years old. Hurricane and tornado activity since the early 1990s has created numerous patches of open, regenerating vegetation.

Nineteen miles of hiking trails and about 11 miles of bridle trails provide access to most of the park. Habitats: Pine forest, mixed pine-hardwood, upland oak-hickory, several small lakes, floodplains of Crabtree, Sycamore, and Reedy Creeks. Key birds: Summer: Hooded and Kentucky Warbler; Summer and Scarlet Tanager. Winter: Red-breasted Nuthatch; Red Crossbill; Pine Siskin; Year-round: Brown-headed Nuthatch."

"William B. Umstead State Park is tightly nestled among the cities of Raleigh, Cary, Durham, and the Research Triangle Park. The park is divided into two sections: Crabtree Creek in the north and Reedy Creek in the south. This route combines two popular trails in the park, the Oak Rock Trail and the Pott’s Branch Trail, to make an enjoyable loop that follows along the Pott’s Branch stream and provides access to a spur trail that leads down to Big Lake. The route starts at the Oak Rock Trail, which loops around through a beautiful forest. It then connects with the Pott’s Branch Trail, which descends to Pott’s Branch and follows alongside the winding creek, eventually reaching the southern edge of Big Lake. From here the trail turns to the north and leads away from the lake, returning to the trailhead."

"William B. Umstead State Park is a forested oasis tightly nestled among the urban cities of Raleigh, Cary, Durham, and the Research Triangle Park. The park is divided into two sections: Crabtree Creek in the north and Reedy Creek in the south. This trail starts at the visitor-center parking lot, in the Crabtree Creek section of the park. You follow a spur trail to the Sal’s Branch Trail and traverse a few small hills before reaching the southern edge of Big Lake. From here the trail follows the eastern shore of the lake, offering nice views of the lake to the left. Keeping the lake to your left and continuing straight on Sal’s Branch Trail, you climb over a steep hill and then descend to the visitor center, where you started."

William B. Umstead State Park Reviews

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7/24/2018
Love, love, love this park. I’ve been coming here most of my adult life.
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6/5/2011
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4/18/2009
4/18/09 - Cole Mill Trail; 4/20/09 - Sal's and Pott's. Pott's is short but very scenic. Highly recommend it.
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Trail Information

Raleigh
Nearby City
0.6-9 miles
Distance
Several options
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Access
Moderate
Skill Level
Swimming
Additional Use
William B. Umstead State Park, 8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh 27617; (919) 571-4170; ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/stmo/directions.php; e- mail: william.umstead@ncparks.gov
Local Contacts
USGS Cary, Raleigh West, Bayleaf, and East Durham. Download a trail map at the park’s website
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018