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Umstead State Park

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Address: 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617
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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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Nice for hiking

I did some hiking in the Umstead Park and I really liked it. I believe, in the morning I was the only one there. It was February and the first nice days of spring arrived. The... read more

Reviewed 16 March 2017
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

I did some hiking in the Umstead Park and I really liked it. I believe, in the morning I was the only one there. It was February and the first nice days of spring arrived. The tracks are properly marked and maps are provided. I would like to return in Autumn. That should be a nice time for hiking!

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Providence, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

It was a beautiful February day and I needed to run. Rather than do it on a dreadmill I checked the local map for running destinations and found this park. I entered through Crabtree Creek and stopped at the Visitor Center, which is staffed, has maps, bathrooms, water, and exhibits. Since I only needed to run 40 minutes, I picked... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

This is an amazing, massive state park in the heart of Raleigh. Access from the major Glenwood Boulevard and you are in the wilderness, just 5 minutes from the airport. Serene, beautiful trails and topography. Even camping and canoeing.

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Thank B H
Raleigh, North Carolina
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 March 2017

A real local treasure. Great hiking/biking paths in the middle of this metropolitan area. Heavily treed, it is usually 10 degrees cooler here (my unofficial estimate).

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Thank Lewis L
New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Amazing place for those who love hiking, walking and exploring forests and nature. There are quite a lot of trails to explore (easy, medium, difficult, depending on the level of exertion), and you can zoom in on one by making use of the maps they provide at the main tourist centre. We walked Sal's Wood trail, which was a medium-exertion... More 

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Cary
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

When I moved to Raleigh in 1982 I approached the park from both the Cary and Glenwood sides. I was not impressed except for the size of the place. It was not very friendly or accessible and the first few times I drove around and out without stopping. Later I learned you really had to dig in, boot up, and... More 

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Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Very nice long hike on a mild February day. Nicely maintained trails. Quartz everywhere! Super cool. We are from Upstate NY so the change in geology was very satisfying. Would have loved to have fished that pretty body of water. If you want some trail time that is a nice easy cruise this is your spot. We saw a turtle,... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

While Umstead is a bit of a drive for me, I still go on occasion because I can have a longer, less crowded walk than at Lake Johnson (with less likelihood of also finding dog excrement on the path). There are options for short, medium or longer walks (or hikes, though Umstead is relatively level, so it's kind of hard... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

Beautifully lush park with lovely trail system. A gem in a bustling city. Great for runners, casual hikes, dog walks, and best in spring.

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Cary, NC
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Peaceful, beautiful, clean. Excellent hiking right in Raleigh. Frequent this park very often. Love it.

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