William B. Umstead State Park

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William B. Umstead State Park

Stroll along nature trails or walk into the heart of the woodlands on 22 miles of hiking trails that wander through a pine and hardwood forest. Also offered are camping, picnicking, canoe rentals, fishing, visitor center nature study and 13 miles of horseback-riding and mountain-biking trails.


Tucked between the growing cities of Raleigh, Cary, Durham and the corporate world of Research Triangle Park is an oasis of tranquility, a peaceful haven—William B. Umstead State Park.

Here, two worlds merge as the sounds of civilization give way to the unhurried rhythm of nature. Highways fade in the distance as trees, flowers, birds and streams form a more natural community. William B. Umstead is a place to escape the pressures of everyday life, a place to picnic in the pines, to wait for a fish to bite, to take a hike or horseback ride on trails through the woods.

Divided into two sections, Crabtree Creek and Reedy Creek, this 5,579-acre park is easily accessible from Interstate 40 and US 70. Visit William B. Umstead State Park and enjoy this region of wilderness at the city's doorstep.


  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Bridle Trails
  • Hiking
  • Camping Picnicking
  • Cycling
  • Education and Events
  • Exhibit Hall

Park Hours:

The gate at the Crabtree Creek entrance will open at 7 a.m. daily as part of a pilot program to allow early access to the trails system.

  • November - February, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • March, April, September, October, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • May - August, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Closed Christmas Day
8801 Glenwood Ave
Contact Info
919.571.4170, 877.7.CAMPNC

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