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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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Huge park to get lost in

There is a ton of trails to go enjoy along with some nice lakeside scenery. The boat launch was closed however when I went, but that didn't keep us from having fun. My dog seemed... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2015
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Huntington, West Virginia
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Virginia Beach, VA
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 10 September 2015

We were planning to hike the Sycamore Trail, but then saw posted signs to "Not Leave Valuables in Cars" because of vehicle breakins. SInce we had bikes and luggage inside our car (station wagon), we opted to park close to the Visitor Center and do a shorter trail close to there. The trail was pretty and it was nice to... More 

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Huntington, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015

There is a ton of trails to go enjoy along with some nice lakeside scenery. The boat launch was closed however when I went, but that didn't keep us from having fun. My dog seemed to love the park as well and kept dragging us to new areas. There seems to be a lot of people there even in the... More 

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Thank Harold S
Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed 4 September 2015

Been here so many times I've lost count. Lots of trails - from very short to very long - to suit every fitness level.

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Thank My N
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 September 2015

This is a great place to get out doors in Raleigh. Has some historic values and well as miles of trails to walk around. Even has a place for paddle boats.

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Clayton, North Carolina
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Reviewed 22 August 2015

Today I decided to drive to the Wm B Umstead State Park in Raleigh to hike, and to check out the bike trails. The Bike trails appear to be wide and smooth so next trip I will take the bike along. Hiking today the 5.8 mile Company Mill Trail. This trail starts behind the picnic area off Harrison Ave and... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 19 August 2015

This park is HUGE. I have been multiple times and have not covered even 25% of it. There is Quartz crystals in abundance everywhere, which was a surprising treat. Very peaceful, even with tons of visitors I can find a quiet, empty area in the park to lay in the grass.

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Durham, North Carolina
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Reviewed 14 August 2015

First I want to say that when the sign says the gates are locked at a certain time.....they really mean it. Keep track of the time so you won't be locked inside. This park offers so much. It has many many many trails (so with lots of tree roots so watch your step), picnic areas, a lake with canoe and... More 

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Fahaheel, Kuwait
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Reviewed 31 July 2015

Wonderful, well marked hiking paths made of asphalt. Great tree cover anytime day or night. Big handicapped accessible bathrooms. 6 types of woodpeckers found there. Lots of picnic shelters and a couple of lakes. Group camping is available. East access from the airport and interstate. I want to spend more time there next time I am in town.

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Chapel Hill
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Reviewed 28 July 2015

I go here all the time when the single track is too wet. the bridle trails will make you stronger. the running trails are excellent too. a good mix of hills, rocks roots and soft forest loam.

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Raleigh, NC
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Reviewed 26 July 2015

William B. Umstead State Park has a number of different hiking trails plus a bridal way for horses and bikes. All trails are well marked and maintained. We hiked the Company Mill Trail which begins from the main entrance off Harrison Avenue at I-40. The first part of the hike from the parking lot to Crabtree Creek is about 1... More 

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