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Umstead State Park

8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617
919-571-4170
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Ranked #7 of 76 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, NC
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

I think we are very fortunate to have a park this size in Raleigh. We recently did the paddle boats off the trail by the visitor's center off of 70/Glenwood Ave. They are apparently setting up a new reservation system you can do online & are open through Oct. on Sat/Sun. We will be coming back to canoe soon before... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

When I moved to Raleigh, I found quite a few apartments in the area that would easily have worked for me. However, the reason I picked the one I did was primarily because of Umstead Park. I'm just across the highway and ride my bike through Umstead nearly every day that I'm home. There are literally miles of trails through... More

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NC
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Umstead State Park is a jewel in the Triangle. At over 5,000 acres, it can be crowded along popular trails close to parking areas. However, go more than a mile up a trail…and it's very quiet. There are dozens of hiking trails, great birding opportunities, several lakes, boating/canoeing, and fishing. Also, there is a nice system of multi-use trails for... More

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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

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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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
3 helpful votes 3 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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5 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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23 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 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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