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William B Umstead State Park Raleigh

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William B Umstead State Park
8801 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh
NC
27617
Tel: (919) 571-4170

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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.
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    I had the opportunity to introduce my companion to the primordial hush that overtakes you as your car passes out of the furor of Hwy 70 and into Umstead Park. About 500 feet in, you cannot tell that there is a major city touching every boundary of this urban park jewel. You can bring your gear: hiking, biking, dog-exercising, trail riding and birdwatching are among the activities we saw going on Sunday. Dogs, kids, seniors, young couples, bikers, photographers and contemplatives intermingled happily. It is always so much fun to share an experience...Read More

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    As soon as you make the turn into the park, you're transported to another place, free of busy humans and traffic. During the week, parking is a breeze and the trails are easy (from what I experienced).

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    I have been going to Umstead Park for decades. I'm always surprised at how you can feel as if you've gone on a significant trip out of the Triangle because it's so secluded yet right here in surburbia. You don't even notice the sound of airplanes even though the airport is nearby. There are over 5,000 acres in the park with entrances off I-40 and off US 70. It's hard to say which is my favorite entrance. The land was purchased by the state and federal government in 1934. The CCC and the WPA worked on the park and it opened in 1937. It really is...Read More

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    Awesome place to go running especially on the weekend. Not to populated however, which is both good and bad.
    I love the hills and it's the best thing to a natural hike that we have in Raleigh.
    I'm only giving it a 4 however, because they need to fix the bridge that was recently destroyed in a storm.

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    Lovely wooded park in the heart of Raleigh near RDU. A long entry drive leads to ample parking. Trails criss-cross the park allowing you to explore. Ample shaded picnic tables for a family lunch. Very reasonably priced boat rentals down by the lake. Highly recommended for a picnic or day-long trip.

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by Jancey D. Quinitchette

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I had the opportunity to introduce my companion to the primordial hush that overtakes you as your car passes out of the furor of Hwy 70 and into Umstead Park. About 500 feet in, you cannot tell that there is a major city touching every boundary of this urban park jewel. You can bring your gear: hiking, biking, dog-exercising, trail riding and birdwatching are among the activities we saw going on Sunday. Dogs, kids, seniors, young couples, bikers, photographers and contemplatives intermingled happily. It is always so much fun to share an experience that is familiar to me with a loved one for the first time. Great cheap date.

by Rick Nipper

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I have been going to Umstead Park for decades. I'm always surprised at how you can feel as if you've gone on a significant trip out of the Triangle because it's so secluded yet right here in surburbia. You don't even notice the sound of airplanes even though the airport is nearby. There are over 5,000 acres in the park with entrances off I-40 and off US 70. It's hard to say which is my favorite entrance. The land was purchased by the state and federal government in 1934. The CCC and the WPA worked on the park and it opened in 1937. It really is amazing that for over 70+ years this park has been protected from development despite the huge growth in the area. It truly is a treasure. There are plenty of birds, animals, trees shrubs, and wildflowers. I once saw a blue heron near one of the streams. You can hike, bike, picnic, ride horses, camp, rent a boat, fish or just chill out. The park is open 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the spring and fall extended until 9:00 p.m. in the summer. In the winter, the park closes at 6:00 p.m. Some of the activities are seasonal, so check the website for information.

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