We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!

Umstead State Park

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617-7501
Phone Number: 919-571-4170
Website
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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 303 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 186
    Excellent
  • 91
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Camping at Unstead State Park

This was a real novelty, in that, the park is located within city limits, out by the airport. The park is nice, heavily wooded, nature center/concession stand, and easily... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
patannire
,
Harriman, Tennessee
Add Photo Write a Review

303 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 299: English reviews
Harriman, Tennessee
Level Contributor
27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a real novelty, in that, the park is located within city limits, out by the airport. The park is nice, heavily wooded, nature center/concession stand, and easily accessible. Park staff are very friendly, a lake with cabin access though the cabins will not be ready until September. The campground is small but well worth the $14.00 we spent.... More 

Helpful?
Thank patannire
Wrentham, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The park offers an extensive network of well maintained bike trails. While the trails are not paved, they are easily accessible from parking lots and are not technical/difficult. I was able to enjoy them on a hybrid bike provided during my stay at the Umstead hotel. There were a lot of people on mountain bikes on the trails. Wider tires... More 

Helpful?
Thank Josh P
Raleigh, North Carolina
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is an awesome place to visit, I have done fishing, picnic, bar b que with my family, just plan relax when I had too much on my mind. I have stop by once on my way home from work, just to release some stress for getting home...I loved it, it did me some a lot of good..

Helpful?
Thank CarmenAna55
Raleigh, North Carolina
Level Contributor
14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I've been here several times and enjoy it almost any time of year, although can't manage too long in hot and humid weather. It's a great place for hiking, biking or walks. There's a small lake and miles of trails. The visitors center is full of information and has a restroom. Good for just about anyone.

Helpful?
Thank 420Lyn1
Level Contributor
15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

William B. Umstead State Park is the largest of North Carolina's State Park's and its all located within the City of Raleigh. There are a wide variety of easy and moderate hiking trails with great scenery to enjoy along the way. Admission is free.

Helpful?
Thank James B
Severn, Maryland
Level Contributor
28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent place to get away from the city in the city. Lots of short (3-5 mile) hikes with lots of small hills on the trails. There is a good sized lake with canoes but only on the weekends.

Helpful?
Thank Bibliotekr
North Carolina
Level Contributor
45 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to go on a half a day hike and this park was well within the vicinity of Raleigh and had many trails - a combination of easy, moderate and strenuous ones. The trails have been marked with chips of colors on trees which make it easier to follow a particular trail. There are good rest places with benches... More 

Helpful?
Thank ArthiRaga
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love walking the hiking trails. Beautiful park, well maintained. Trails for horseback riding, though have not run across any yet. Love taking pictures there.

Helpful?
Thank Kathy P
Somerset, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very nice park, with a variety of nature trials ranging from easy to challenging. Lots of free parking, easy access to highway 70 just 15 minutes north of downtown. The visitors center is small but informative.

Helpful?
Thank Ed D
Raleigh, North Carolina
Level Contributor
12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

I've been there for a camp meeting from the church that had went too. it's a good my to get to nature .

Helpful?
Thank Melissa Anne C

Been to Umstead State Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Umstead State Park and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
10 months ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Umstead State Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?