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Umstead State Park

8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617
919-571-4170
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Ranked #7 of 75 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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raleigh
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64 reviews 64 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

we love to go out and take the dog for a long hike. we also ride our bikes and enjoy the trails that aren't that busy. its nice to have picnic tables around and stop and have lunch. very nice park!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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143 reviews 143 reviews
56 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

After living in the area for years, I had never visited Umstead. There are access points off 40 in Cary and also off 70 in Raleigh. There are so many trails and it's very well cleaned and maintained! A friend and I now meet there every Sunday morning for a 3 mile walk around the lake in the Raleigh location... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

What a great park! It's got some off the beaten trail stuff, but it's also a great place to push a stroller and walk with little kids. It's a huge place and I would really like to explore more. An hour wasn't enough.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you like to hike in nature, this is the best place in the Raleigh area. Easy to moderate trails short to over 3 miles (unless you are color blind like me and mix the red and orange trail together, then it is over 5 miles) Good elevation change, old growth forests and a beautiful lake all just outside the... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Great state park, but there's a lot to see off the beaten path. Get a map and explore. Remember, this is not a city park - you CAN get lost out there.. many people have had to spend an unintentional night in the woods.

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Deep in the heart of NC
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Some people call Umstead the Triangle's "Central Park", and with good reason. It's between I-40 and US 70, touches both Raleigh and Cary and is convenient to pretty much anyone in the Triangle area. Umstead has miles of hiking trails along with miles of biking and bridle paths. It also has numerous picnic and camping areas, along with boat rentals.... More

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delaware
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101 reviews 101 reviews
23 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I am new to the Cary area and am so happy to have found this park. It is quite large with hiking trails raining from about 2 miles to as much as 7.5 miles. There are two primary entrances and the one struggle is usually parking. But that is a sign that it is a well loved place to visit!... More

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New Bern, North Carolina
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126 reviews 126 reviews
29 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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
12 helpful votes 12 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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