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Umstead State Park

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Address: 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617
Phone Number: 919-571-4170
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Activities: Running, Camping
Description: Sandwiched between downtown Raleigh and the airport, this oasis of green...
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.
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An Urban Oasis is correct; The Company Mill Trail.

Today I decided to drive to the Wm B Umstead State Park in Raleigh to hike, and to check out the bike trails. The Bike trails appear to be wide and smooth so next trip I will... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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Clayton, North Carolina
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Clayton, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Today I decided to drive to the Wm B Umstead State Park in Raleigh to hike, and to check out the bike trails. The Bike trails appear to be wide and smooth so next trip I will take the bike along. Hiking today the 5.8 mile Company Mill Trail. This trail starts behind the picnic area off Harrison Ave and... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This park is HUGE. I have been multiple times and have not covered even 25% of it. There is Quartz crystals in abundance everywhere, which was a surprising treat. Very peaceful, even with tons of visitors I can find a quiet, empty area in the park to lay in the grass.

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

First I want to say that when the sign says the gates are locked at a certain time.....they really mean it. Keep track of the time so you won't be locked inside. This park offers so much. It has many many many trails (so with lots of tree roots so watch your step), picnic areas, a lake with canoe and... More 

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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Wonderful, well marked hiking paths made of asphalt. Great tree cover anytime day or night. Big handicapped accessible bathrooms. 6 types of woodpeckers found there. Lots of picnic shelters and a couple of lakes. Group camping is available. East access from the airport and interstate. I want to spend more time there next time I am in town.

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Chapel Hill
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I go here all the time when the single track is too wet. the bridle trails will make you stronger. the running trails are excellent too. a good mix of hills, rocks roots and soft forest loam.

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Raleigh, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

William B. Umstead State Park has a number of different hiking trails plus a bridal way for horses and bikes. All trails are well marked and maintained. We hiked the Company Mill Trail which begins from the main entrance off Harrison Avenue at I-40. The first part of the hike from the parking lot to Crabtree Creek is about 1... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Umstead park is a great contrast to downtown Raleigh and Brier Creek. Although it's right off Glenwood Ave, once you are inside it's quite peaceful. There are many hiking trails of varying length, each marked with different trail markers. I appreciate that many of the trails are well shaded and not too crowded. As others have written, the terrain is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

I work in Brier Creek and Umstead park is so close to visit after work. I hike faster pace to get sweat for work out. We can choose mileage by selecting different trail or loop hike.

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

I literally get butterflies in my stomach when I pull in to the park. You can run for nearly 20 miles without doubling up. You can utilize the wide bridal trails or the sweet flowing single track. Favorite place to run in North Carolina.

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Edenton, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I have been here before to run on some of the hiking trails, but I brought my hybrid bike this time. Most of the bike paths I rode were in decent shape, but some had bad washouts and large stones. They need to do a better job of crowning and draining these bike paths, or they will continue to be... More 

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