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Umstead State Park

8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617
919-571-4170
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Ranked #7 of 70 attractions in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Running, Camping
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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New Bern, North Carolina
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123 reviews 123 reviews
29 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Love this Park. Many trails for walking, hiking, biking, and enjoying nature. You gotta do Umstead, especially when the weather is nice!!

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Houston, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We camped here for two nights during the week. It is an ideal location, and that is why we chose it. The toilet / shower area is pretty scary looking, but relatively clean. However, the park is locked from 7am to 9pm. You are completely stuck. No combination is given to campers. You arrive late or need to leave early,... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We come every Saturday and Sunday to walk our dog's. They love the exercise and we love it too plus its shoddy and trails all over. Go to the lake and enjoy a picnic.

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79 reviews 79 reviews
32 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Perfect for a peaceful morning hike! We took one of the shorter and moderate trails and it was beautiful! We even saw a deer! The park restrooms were clean and driving through the Campgrounds all the spots looked well maintained and had nice separation between each spot. We are already planning a family camping trip here when we have more... More

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Windsor, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

While staying with friends in a neighbourhood close by, we explored Umstead with our 2.5 year old son. The friendly employees at the visitor center suggested which trails would be best for us as a family and gave us a blow up map. The bugs weren't biting and our path along the creek was the perfect getaway from Raleigh's busy... More

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Aston, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

First stop on our cross country trip and it was beautiful! Beginning of May, it was secluded, bathrooms were incredibly clean and park was perfect. Beautiful park definitely stay here!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I love going to Umstead, don't get me wrong. It's beautiful and very family friendly. There is plenty to do (hiking, walking, trails, water to stop at, pavilions, fire pits, camping...) and I've taken advantage of nearly all of those! But while hiking the choices are slim pickings. You have a long and winding trail or a small, little trail.... More

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Sturgeon Bay
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57 reviews 57 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We went to rent a boat and hike. We had a great time and the personnel were very quick to get us on our way and answer questions we had.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is a fabulous place to enjoy the natural beauty of the Raleigh area. Do not miss if you love the outdoors. Bring a picnic, some strudy shoes, and bug spray. Enjoy!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is a surprisingly large park with lots of trails and places to explore. You can't quite mask all of the distant traffic sounds, but you would also be hard pressed to be aware that you are in the midst of a major metro area. Some of our favorite trails stretch out to 5 miles and surprisingly, are often isolated.... More

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