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Umstead State Park

8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617
919-571-4170
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Ranked #7 of 74 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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English first
Deep in the heart of NC
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

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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91 reviews 91 reviews
20 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 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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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
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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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Top Contributor
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33 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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 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 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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5 attraction reviews
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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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7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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