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Umstead Gravel Grinder   

The Umstead Gravel Grinder will take place on Saturday, October, 29th from 8am-1pm. Expect increase bicycle traffic on all Multi-Use Trails.

 Posted on: Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 1:44pm
Campground Closed   

The tent campground is currently closed due to damage to the electrical and water service for the restroom and showers.  The damage and repairs are currently being evaluated to determine the extent of repairs needed.  We will work to have the facility reopened but do not have a specific time frame for the repairs at this time.  Please check the website for updates.

 Posted on: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 8:55am

William B. Umstead State Park

Hikers, trail runners, bicyclists and equestrians cherish the extensive network of hiking and multi-use trails at William B. Umstead State Park. Trailheads on both sides of the park—accessible from Interstate 40 and US 70—surround three manmade lakes. The largest is Big Lake, offering canoe and rowboat rentals. Fishing is welcome at all the lakes and connecting tributaries. At both access areas, picnic grounds surround shelters with fireplaces that can be reserved. For organizations and nonprofit groups, primitive group campsites are available as well as two group camps with cabins, mess halls, and washhouses. Historic Maple Hill Lodge can be reserved for overnight group gatherings. A tent campground is open during summer months.

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Ask an Intern: What was it like to be one of William B. Umstead's first Park Interns?

After finishing a bachelor's degree in college, I decided to join AmeriCorps, becoming a Corps member in the 20th class of the National Civilian Community Corps (an organization I strongly encourage you to look into if you haven’t heard of it) and was thrown into the deep end of working outdoors, a first for me. I decided to make this field my career, and since then I’ve been working towards gaining as much experience and knowledge as I can.


William B. Umstead State Park

8801 Glenwood Avenue
RaleighNC 27617
Latitude: 35.890500
Longitude: -78.750200

Park Hours:

The gate at the Crabtree Creek entrance will open at 7am daily as part of a pilot program to allow early access to the trails system. From March 15th through December 1st, the family campground gate will remain open an additional hour after the park closes so those campers have access in and out the park during that time. 

Crabtree Creek Entrance:
November-February: 7am - 6pm
March, April, September, October: 7am - 8pm
May - August: 7am - 9pm
Closed Christmas Day

Reedy Creek Entrance:
November - February: 8:00am - 6pm
March, April, September, October: 8:00am - 8pm
May - August: 8:00am - 9pm
Closed Christmas Day

William B. Umstead main park gates are closed and locked promptly at posted closing time. No entry or exit is permitted after this time except for law enforcement or medical emergencies.

Park Office/Visitor Center
8am - 5pm
Closed Christmas Day

Exhibit Hall
Located in the Visitor Center
January - December, 9am - 4:30pm
Closed Christmas Day

Boathouse (canoe and row boat rental)
Weekends, beginning the first weekend in May through September. 
Saturday & Sunday: 8:30am - 4:30pm (last boat goes out at 3:30pm).

Tent and Trailer Family Campground
Season of Operation: March 15th - December 1st