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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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The park has a alot of trails, boating, camping, fishing for the whole family

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Melissa Anne C
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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

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Thank Melissa Anne C
Raleigh, North Carolina
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66 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Some of the cabins are really good deals especially if you have a crowd. They don't have water or electric but they are fun.

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Trinity, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped at the visitors center/gift shop to get a map and ask questions. We hiked our first trail from there, that was a little over two miles. Then we got into the car and drove to the other entrance and hiked over five miles there. Trails were beautiful and challenging with stepping because of all the roots and rocks. Hiked... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommended. Whether biking or hiking this is Raleigh's crown jewel. I prefer biking. But if u hike, tool around the lake and enjoy the scenery.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We happily spent 2 hours on the lake at Umstead Park-the first hour was only 5 dollars and subsequent hours were only three dollars. Not bad at all! We had a lovely time! Afterwards, we hiked for a short time to the visitor's center. It's well-shaded while hiking so it wasn't quite as hot as being directly in the sun-always... More 

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1 Thank Celeste K
Clayton, North Carolina
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8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Trails at this park are amazing. You can take a leisurely hike or get a workout. There are beautiful jutting rocks, and the bridges are gorgeous. I am a Northerner and this trail makes me feel like I am home.

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Thank fireflyboutique72
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this is a great park to just go and escape the busy life. it is located right off a main thoroughfare and yet you would not know it once inside.. its a great retreat in such a busy location

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

My daughter and I decided to take a late afternoon trip to the park. The visitor center was closed by the time we arrived; however, maps were located in a mailbox at the center. One of the hikers saw us studying the map and gave us advice on where to go. (The trail behind the visitor center where we wanted... More 

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1 Thank Cyd827
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

I finally talked the spouse into taking a ride for a hike today. We came in off of 40 to the Reedy Creek entrance. We picked up a map from the info box and headed out. Trails a little muddy after rain, so dress appropriately. The trails are marked, but the map is impossible to follow. Two of the main... More 

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Thank Janice G
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

I have visited the park several times over the years with my daughter's Girl Scout Troop. This is one of our favorite places to camp. There is so much nature to see and explore and it was great experiencing it through the eyes of the children. The park has a lake and walking trails. This is a very peaceful place... More 

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