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Umstead State Park

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Equestrian Trails!

Umstead has lots of activities but the reason we visit this park is their equestrian trails. They... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Raleigh, North Carolina
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Excellent state park with numerous very good trails and also lakes. Very nice visitor center. Great... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
El Paso, Texas
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“hiking trails”(24 reviews)
“reedy creek”(9 reviews)
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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.
8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617-7501
+1 919-571-4170
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Umstead has lots of activities but the reason we visit this park is their equestrian trails. They are the bring your own horse kind of trails. When you arrive you must stop and check in at the Park Office with your Coggins. Leaving there carefully...More

Thank CarmaleeS
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent state park with numerous very good trails and also lakes. Very nice visitor center. Great place to spend a day.

Thank sabimax
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to go for a hike with dogs. Kids may enjoy the shorter trails! Be prepared to watch your steps as there are a lot of roots and rocks in certain spots.

Thank Monluc11
Reviewed 23 July 2018

I love to walk in Umstead Park. It offers so many different opportunities to both get exercise and to be out in nature. It is a hidden gem that is not so hidden

Thank 398ethanl
Reviewed 21 July 2018

A good park to hike with a nice big lake. I just wished that the trails were marked a bit better as well as the exits as it is pretty easy to get lost.

Thank Travelienchen
Reviewed 1 July 2018

They have picnic tables spaced so you don't feel like you are in a dinning hall! Quiet , secluded, and almost makes time stop!. A go to place for sure!!

Thank Mike D
Reviewed 18 June 2018

I've been coming to Umstead since I was a little girl. The park has definitely improved over the years. They have beautiful buildings for BBQ, hanging out and their restroom facilities are well kept and maintained. The trails are nicely preserved and the walk around...More

Thank Stephanie R
Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

A beautiful park with several trails of varying difficulty. We were visiting the area from out of state and this park was a shirt drive from the airport hotels. I'm glad we researched the trail options first because some are more difficult than others. Bring...More

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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

Loving night away... love water in lobby.. my favorite time in summer to use pool with spa services.

Thank Danielle L
Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

We stopped for a quick hike at Umstead State Park while in Raleigh for the day. The visitor center was helpful and recommended a good fit hike. It’s a great hidden gem in Raleigh for those wanting to run, hike, or bike over a wide...More

Thank Stephanie F
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9 April 2018|
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Response from Mark S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the park is very dog friendly.
23 October 2017|
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Response from simplefreeme12 | Reviewed this property |
I didn’t know there were cabins for rent. But the trails are suitable for a 31/2 year old active child. The trails are untouched and they are beautiful! I’d call and ask about the cabins and request photos if you haven’t... More
23 February 2017|
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Response from simplefreeme12 | Reviewed this property |
You can rent canoes and boats.