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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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Very well maintained park...

The campground was clean and quiet--- bathhouse was cleaned and sanitized every day. The park ranger rode through on a regular basis, day and night, to check on us. The hiking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Annapolis, Maryland
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Annapolis, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The campground was clean and quiet--- bathhouse was cleaned and sanitized every day. The park ranger rode through on a regular basis, day and night, to check on us. The hiking trails are very clean and well marked... It's very easy to navigate. I hiked 40 miles last week, and the experience was wonderful. Staff are professional and take their... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

You can get to this park from Raleigh or Cary and it's free. There are many walking trails and it's very shaded so good for walking dogs.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I escape here for mainly bike rides and an occasional walk to get away from human interaction. Not too much to see here except some creeks and a few small ponds. There are just a few remnants of old construction mostly hidden but findable, including old home sites, a mill, a dam and some bridges.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I really only do two things at the park: 1) Walk for Hope 5k 2) walk the trails off of the cary exit off of 40 For 1) I really love how they open up the park to causes that are important to the community. Sometimes facilitating and supporting these movements can be overwhelming, but they persist year after year... More 

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This place is beautiful..exciting..food for the eyes and soul. This place holds beautiful memories, walks, trail running and lots of laughters. Perfect for therapeutic walks even mediation.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This is a great spot and I've been enjoying the park almost every weekend for the past several months. Spring is certainly bringing out more hikers, bikers and joggers so I have to get out early to enjoy some time without the masses! Beautiful local resource.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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56 reviews 56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We have for over a year came to this park to walk our dogs we park in the section where you first come in and walk them up and around through the campground the sing states restricted campers and guest NOT ONLY so we walk through there. Went the other night and might power RANGER stops us says not to... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We went with a group of kids and teens to hike on the trails. The trails were well marked and it was a casual hike with good views of the old forest trees and nature. The small museum was a lot of fun for the teens to go on the scavenge hunt. The staff was very friendly.

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Hiawassee, Georgia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
6 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

William B. Umstead State Park in Greater Raleigh is a nice day park for the residents and visitors. There are any number of walking trails, in varying lengths. Very well maintained, with picnic sites, water coolers in the woods, picnic pavilions with camp grilles, and convenience stations.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Drive into the woods and be surprised by the multiple trails and picnic areas. Walk down to the lake and boathouse (was closed when we were there but still a nice walk), pass by families and friends cooking out. Free, pleasant. Loads of dog walkers.

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