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Umstead State Park

8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617
919-571-4170
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Ranked #7 of 68 attractions in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

we are so lucky to live in the middle of this amazing loop trail, check it out online: bike to I-40 side of umstead state park, reedy creek trail, around past airport overlook, then over I-40 connects with Lake Crabtree County park, over the dam for the lake connects with Cary city Black Creek Greenway which connects with our neighborhood... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Find a trail and start walking... sort of... grab a map. Many trails to fit different experienced hikers. I think there is even a equestrian and bikers trail. There are camping facilities - pup tents or a lodge to rent (I dont know the details.) In the summer there is boating. They offer many exploring classes for children. We even... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Cover yourself in bug spray during the summer, the bugs/ticks can be quite bad, however there is nothing like the streams and trails. Year round the trails can be enjoyed by cyclists, walkers, and runners.

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Pikeville, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

A great training venue for marathons and ultra marathons. My husband uses Umstead to do his long runs when training for a marathon. You can get 13 miles on the perimeter of the park or infinite miles using the interior trails. Scenic and serene. Parking and restrooms are convenient.

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Cary, NC
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Hiking trails, bike riding, small lakes are all draws to this Raleigh area park. Lots of parking and very easy to get to as it is just off of I-40(exit 287) and US 70. If you need to get out of the office, house, seminar, etc and just get some outdoor time, extended or a little, this is a nice... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

I only had an hour or so to hike but I really enjoyed my walk through the woods. I was traveling and had recyclables in my car and appreciated them have recycle containers in the parking lot.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

We live nearby and visit Umstead frequently. It's a great place to hike, bike, fish and canoeing. The trails are nicely kept up. it also offers overnight camping and horseback riding trails. Best of all it is free. Nice hidden treasure.

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North Carolina
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70 reviews 70 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

This is a great place to go to when you want to be surrounded by nature - I love getting out here on a warm Fall day to take it all in. There are great walking trails - various levels of difficulty and length but nothing that would count as strenuous hiking - and the surroundings are beautiful. Trees, streams,... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

This State Park is a hidden gem in the midst of the Triangle. The terrain is so diverse, challenging, and beautiful in any season. The trails are mostly crushed gravel and with some single-track trails as well as horse trails. There are maps on most corners where trails merge. Make sure you bring water and wear your hiking shoes. This... More

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North Carolina
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124 reviews 124 reviews
17 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Awesome park will miles of hiking and bike/bridle trails. Easy access either from Hwy 40 off of Harrison or Hwy 70. Nice scenery with lots of trees and possible wildlife.

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