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Umstead State Park

#6 of 151 things to do in Raleigh Features Animals
8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617-7501
+1 919-571-4170
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great place to get lost from the world!

Numerous trails, winding along creeks, lakes, up hills, down hills, nice wide sections if you want... read more

Reviewed 13 November 2015
Cary, North Carolina
Beautiful hike in the rain!

We hiked the Company Mill Trail on a beautiful autumn day, until the skies opened up. But the... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2015
St. Marys, Georgia
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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.
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  • Very good29%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617-7501
+1 919-571-4170
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Reviewed 13 November 2015

Numerous trails, winding along creeks, lakes, up hills, down hills, nice wide sections if you want to bike, soft-packed surfaces if you want to run, camping available, picnic areas, at least one cemetery with old folks (south side). There are other features that I haven't...More

Thank Discodeath
Reviewed 31 October 2015

We hiked the Company Mill Trail on a beautiful autumn day, until the skies opened up. But the beauty of the hike was not to be denied. About 6 miles easy to moderate some nice distance along a stream and some small hills.

Thank Jasperpjm
Reviewed 30 October 2015

This is a very nice state park with various trails leading to a lake/reservoir so close to everything. Nature abounds here and it's no wonder quite a few people walk he with family and friends

Thank Topdiamond
Reviewed 30 October 2015 via mobile

Great place to kill some time in the outdoors before a flight. Arrived about an hour and a half too early for my flight. Found this park to kill some time, great colours everywhere in the fall

Thank oshowCanada
Reviewed 22 October 2015

The Company Mill Trail is an accessible, beautiful day hike that doesn't require a drive up into the mountains. I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 hour, 6 mile hike. Highly recommend!

Thank chris19662015
Reviewed 16 October 2015

Raleigh has got several parks, among which Umstead is the largest one. It is a very nice place for a peaceful weekend and also suitable for hiking, barbecue and biking.

Thank Iman V
Reviewed 15 October 2015

We live close by and one of the reasons we moved to this area was having a large park close by. We go hiking there often and it provides a great variety of trails so we are never bored. Sycamore is my favorite trail especially...More

Thank Karen1013
Reviewed 30 September 2015

Great walking trails, pretty lake, great place for dog walks and picnics. Very mature park with lots of activites including hiking, biking, and fishing.

Thank T8662
Reviewed 23 September 2015

I am lucky this park is so close. I will hike/walk some of the trails with my dog after work or on the weekends. I love the trails that go down by the lake. The visitor center offers a map of all the trails and...More

Thank Tina S
Reviewed 21 September 2015

nice trails, a lot of nature, its possible to rent a boat for only 5$. At the visitors center you can get map and all the information that you need.

Thank Javier M
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Can you rent bikes?
23 February 2017|
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Response from TeamUSMC | Reviewed this property |
The Bike Chain is right by the Glenwood/70 entrance. They rent bikes. That would be your best option.
Where would I need to park to access the sycamore trail? Thanks!
5 January 2017|
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Response from debbiekubiet1 | Reviewed this property |
Access the park off Glenwood Avenue (Route 70) which is the NW part of the park. There is a parking lot as well as a ranger station. Enjoy this trail as it runs along Sycamore creek.
Is boating allowed?
24 October 2015|
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Response from 211DanB23 | Reviewed this property |
They have rentals. Private boats not allowed...