National Parks

William B Umstead State Park

Raleigh, NC

4 (5 reviews)

Where are we going?

Manage attraction
Address: 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617, USA Number: 919 571-4170 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

Active families, you will just love the plethora of outdoor activities that you can enjoy at William B Umstead State Park!

Visit William B Umstead State Park and enjoy this region of wilderness at the city's doorstep.

Love exploring nature on foot? Check out over twenty miles of hiking trails that give you access to most of the state park. You can choose between a relaxing, short stroll along a nature trail, or a more extensive hike right into the woods.

Either way, you will be rewarded with beauty and diversity all around you!

If you prefer horseback or cycling, William B Umstead State Park has around thirteen miles of multiuse trails just for that. In fact, these trails will take you to some of the most scenic and secluded parts of the entire park!

The trailsheads on both sides of the park surround three manmade lakes. The largest of these lakes is Big Lake (fitting name!), and it's here you can pick up canoes and kayaks from the rental, and head out onto the water!

If it's fishing you love, then you are welcome to try and catch your luck on all the lakes and connecting tributaries.

When you want to stop and take it all in, head to the picnic grounds with fireplaces and shelters, which can be reserved. 

The park also boasts a tent campground which is open during the summer months too. 

A fun, nature filled day out in one of North Carolina's popular state parks. 

Suggest an edit

How much does it cost?



Free to enter the park. Boat rentals $5/hour.



Same as adult


Last Updates


Additional Information

William B. Umstead main park gates are closed and locked promptly at posted closing time. No entry or exit is permitted after this time except for law enforcement or medical emergencies

Any top tips?


Mountain bikes are prohibited on the hiking trails.

I'm Hungry!


Take a picnic in the park! There are tables, grills and scenery are provided free of charge. Drinking water, restrooms and parking are conveniently located nearby.

What people are saying?

Rate & Write a Review

Your rating

Where is it at?


Latitude: 35.890500 Longitude: -78.750200

Teachers corner


Educational materials about William B. Umstead State Park have been developed for grades 3-5 and are correlated to North Carolina's competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts. The William B. Umstead program introduces students to resource management, from land-use practices that can destroy natural resources to proper land management, restoration, and preservation. Accompanying the program is a teacher's booklet and workshop, free of charge to educators.

Click here for lots more great things to do near you in North Carolina

When can we go?

Crabtree Creek Entrance opens 7am. Reedy Creek Entrances open 8am. Close between 6pm and 9pm pending season

Park open year round. Closed Christmas Day. Campground only open summer months

Sign Up to Our Newsletter

The best fun places to go with kids sent straight to your inbox!

Subscribe now