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Multi-Use Trail - Work In Progress   

Heavy equipment and vehicles will be on the Multi-Use Trails from March 20, 2017 to March 24, 2017.

 Posted on: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 4:38pm
Park News

Each of North Carolina’s state parks has special events during the year and news about facilities, trails, staff and park supporters. And, visitors are frequently finding new ways to explore a park’s unique cultural and natural resources. Check these pages to keep abreast of the news at your favorite parks.

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.

It’s a snake! But what kind?

Snakes! Just thinking about snakes can strike fear into the biggest and bravest people. People are often afraid when they feel unsafe or think something is dangerous. The fear of snakes, as with any fear, can be decreased with a little bit of knowledge about our legless park reptiles. So here are a few ranger tips to help you out!


William B. Umstead State Park

8801 Glenwood Avenue
RaleighNC 27617
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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