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Umstead State Park

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Address: 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617-7501
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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Company Mill Trail

My first hike of this park. Trails are well marked and easy to follow. I will consider the Company Mill trail a moderate hike. The hike is over 5.8 miles, with some up and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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77 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My first hike of this park. Trails are well marked and easy to follow. I will consider the Company Mill trail a moderate hike. The hike is over 5.8 miles, with some up and downs, but most of the time easy to hike. It is well visited and saw quite a bit of people. A lot of runners in part... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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50 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Umstead is one place I can always ride my mountain bike. The trails never close. Very easy to come in and do a 13 to 20 mile loop with quite a few hills. Over the winter it can be wet or muddy on single track so Umstead becomes the place to ride on their fire roads.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was new to NC area and wanted a day out with family and my pooch. Had a hard time finding it with the GPS but it was clearly marked off the highway. Great trails and lots of space to roam. Good hiking and nice place for family outing. Will need to go back as we didn't have time to enjoy... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've hiked Umstead with my dog many times and never tire of it. You forget you are in the middle of Raleigh when you hit the trails. Late afternoon to dusk is my favorite time to hike there. You can hike along the river, around the lake, past the King cemetery, and up and down beautiful hills. You never know... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went for a walk in this park and really enjoyed it. The trails are well marked and there is plenty of parking. You need a car to see all of the park. We didn't have too much time before catching a flight from the nearby RDU Airport but we were able to hike the Sycamore Trail... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The convenience of this park is great, close to just about everything. The trails are well marked an plentiful there are restroom facilities but I did not use them. My only complaint is this is not a quiet walk in the park, I actually feel like I'm in the center of the Indy 500 as the traffic from I40 zooms... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place to spend the day or the night. Their are several walking and hiking trails, and many spots to stop and take in the views.

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Monroe, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were surprised that park was so large. Even so, being near a busy metropolitan / suburban area there was a lot of noise from the traffic that could be heard. Parking lots, roads and trails are well maintained.

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Huntersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved this state park; it's large, soothing, and a great place to walk. The Young family's gravestones still exist on one of the trails too.

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Harriman, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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