This is a great place to go to when you want to be surrounded by nature - I love getting out here on a warm Fall day to take it all in. There are great walking trails - various levels of difficulty and length but nothing that would count as strenuous hiking - and the surroundings are beautiful. Trees, streams, cliffs, etc. There are also great picnic spots available and restrooms, as well as plenty of parking. Umstead is very accessible from Raleigh, Cary and Durham - definitely worth checking out.