William B. Umstead State Park is located in the state's capital city of Raleigh with two entrances. The main entrance is off US 70 and the other accessed from Interstate 40. This is a large park with 5,500 acres between downtown Raleigh and the Raleigh Durham International Airport. The park was originally a federal park that was later turned over to the state.
With over 1.3 million annual visitors, it’s a very popular park with lots of picnic areas in addition to the eight trails that cover over 20 miles. The trails are all different lengths ranging from .40 miles to 13 miles. There are quite a few creeks and streams throughout the park, adding to its appeal.
There’s a modest campground with a limit of 28 campsites. If you're looking for a place with electric hookups, you're out of luck - there's no electricity. It’s mostly tent campers, although trailers are allowed. The campground area features tent pads which are nice. There's also a shower house and has hot and cold water.
There are also two old-fashioned types of camps within the park. These feature several cabins that can be rented, and the camps come with a mess hall, but the cabins don’t have electricity. If you like canoeing or fishing, the park has three man-made lakes. You can rent a canoe or rowboat or BYO.
The Multiuse Trails are 13 miles long trail and accessible to walk, bike or ride horses. Most of these trails are is wider than average. That’s because the trails were roads that connected this once rural farmland.
The Oak Rock Trail is accessed from the parking lot at the Crabtree Creek Picnic Area. This trail is easy and only .60 miles round trip but is a good way to walk off that summer picnic. There's even a little creek that you cross twice during your walk. This trail is designated as the park's TRACK Trail. This is part of the nation-wide network, Kids in Parks. This TRACK Trail program features self-guided, family oriented outdoor outings and adventures. If you have a young family, this is an especially good place to visit.