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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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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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Great place for casual business meetings

I love this place for all sorts of activities, but especially for casual business meetings. My business partner was in town and wanted something to do while we discussed business... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Cary, North Carolina
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Cary, North Carolina
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88 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I love this place for all sorts of activities, but especially for casual business meetings. My business partner was in town and wanted something to do while we discussed business other than sitting in a hotel bar. So I took him to Umstead park, Cary Harrison entrance. We walked in to the park and found the log cabin pavilion where... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice place to get away and forget that you are in the city. Picnic area, playground, walking trails, horse trails, camping, canoe rentals in the summer, and a special area for handicap access to a beautiful view of the lake.

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Thank Thomas K
Raleigh, North Carolina
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love to run in Umstead since the Carolina gravel surface is so easy on my old joints. There are no cars and trucks to worry about and no stop lights. Personally, I think that there should be more parking around the park. Even the Harrison Avenue parking gets over crowded Saturday morning. Also it does not officially open until... More 

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Thank johnm22000
Nacogdoches, Texas
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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this is a huge, heavily wooded park in the middle of Raleigh. they have tons of trails and are well maintained. a great place to go hiking and get lost in nature for a little bit.

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Thank Drew Y
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34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to stretch your legs, get some exercise and get in touch with nature. There is a wide variety of trail difficulties and lengths. Great place to take the kids for a short hike or go for a more grueling hike. I haven't tried the bike and bridle trail. Bathrooms are clean. Plenty of parking. Several pavilions and picnic... More 

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Thank Emily D
Bangkok, Thailand
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577 reviews
137 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 357 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The park is the perfect place to get out and enjoy nature. The walks aren't to stressful and the trees are amazing

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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53 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great park in Wake County, between Raleigh and Durham right off of I-40. It has several hiking trails and fire roads for biking and horse riding.

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Thank 68Chevel
Morristown, New Jersey
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great hiking...quiet...bald eagle (immature), American Widgeon, Bufflehead...another 20 species of birds in about 2 hours.

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Thank John D
Raleigh, North Carolina
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54 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We most often take a walk through the woods to the lake and relax there on the bench... we love watching the sunsets there... I think fall and late summers are the best, smell of woods and mushrooms after the rain... we enjoy it!

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Thank HappyIrina
Raleigh, North Carolina
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Nice nature area to go for a walk, horseback trails, canoeing or just for a picnic. Nice area for the kids to play and has bathroom facilities.

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Thank Thomas K

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