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Umstead State Park

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Address: 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617-7501
Phone Number: +1 919-571-4170
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Sandwiched between downtown Raleigh and the airport, this oasis of green...

Sandwiched between downtown Raleigh and the airport, this oasis of green features a stand of 300+ year-old hardwood trees, more than 32 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, camp sites and lots more for nature lovers.

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Great for a Hike

My husband and I recently visited Umstead for the first time for a hike and then soon after took his aunt out for another hike. I've lived in Raleigh/Clayton my whole life and I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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636 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I recently visited Umstead for the first time for a hike and then soon after took his aunt out for another hike. I've lived in Raleigh/Clayton my whole life and I never knew how awesome Umstead was. Go for a picnic. Take a hike. Go fishing. We spotted deer on our drive out. Both were great days.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Twice in the past 6 months, I have visited the Raleigh-Durham area for youth sports activities, and on both occasions, I had the pleasure of running in Umstead Park. What an incredible resource!!! On the first occasion, I entered through Crabtree Creek and rounded the Sal's Branch loop three times to create a longer run. Even though I started by... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a lovely morning walk on Thanksgiving day. The woods turned completely orange and the weather was nice and warm. It's also a great site to take photos

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Thank Raisa C
Manchester, Vermont
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very well maintained and easy to use hiking trails. We spent two hours hiking with our dog on these well used trails. It was a stunning late fall day with temps about 45 degrees. Tons of local hikers and families throughout the park.

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Thank Richard H
New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went hiking in the park and didn't want to leave! Well marked trails, pleasant hikes though the forest and very pet-friendly. almost everyone, including us, had one or more dogs.

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Thank citygirlpz
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a sizeable (5500 acre) park filled with things to do for all seasons. Impeccably maintained, this park provides well paved roads, clear and comprehensive signage, and walking trails for all levels of strength and agility. The website and maps clearly show what trails permit various uses including biking and equestrian. This is the best bit of hiking you... More 

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Went here between meeting trips to clear my head. Amazingly peaceful place. Recommend being here in the middle of the day. Took a long walk by the lake and really helped by soul! Excellently organized and managed park!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We love the entrance off of Harrison Avenue and I-40, Loblolly trail is an amazing experience. There are trails for every level, streams, lakes and densely wooded areas as well as more open picnic areas with gravel or paved areas. This park is a Godsend!

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We enjoy the Potter's Branch Trail with our dogs on weekends. Hard to believe you're only minutes from the airport and the bustle of the interstates. A real Raleigh tresaure.

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Pick a short one, pick a medium one, pick a long one. Most are loops and all are marked well, so you won't get lost. (Or should I say "I won't get lost"?) Walk along Falls Lake and just enjoy.

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