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Closure of Cedar Ridge Trail for Upgrades

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Roy Cooper, Governor
Susi H. Hamilton, Secretary
Release Note: 
Katie Hall
Release Date: 
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Closure of Cedar Ridge Trail for Upgrades

Raleigh, N.C. - The Cedar Ridge multi-use trail at William B. Umstead State Park is closed beginning Wednesday, June 19 for upgrades and re-routing. The 1.4-mile gravel trail does not currently meet the standards of other multi-use trails in the park.

The repairs and re-route will bring the trail up to current multi-use trail standards using sustainable trail construction standards including grade reversals, rolling dips, water turnouts to minimize erosion, and granite screenings to the top surface. Improved ditching will be added in some sections and bench cuts will be used for sections that are re-routed. The project is expected to take 60 days. 

For safety reasons, no persons will be permitted to use the Cedar Ridge trail during construction. Visitors should be aware of large trucks and heavy construction equipment accessing Cedar Ridge Trail via the Multi-Use Trail during the construction period.

"Cedar Ridge trail is a very important part of the multi-use trail system,” said Umstead Superintendent Scott Letchworth. “This project will allow us to more efficiently maintain the trail and provide a higher quality experience for visitors. I'm looking forward to visitors experiencing the improved scenic opportunities overlooking the valley and creek once construction is complete."

Park staff ask that visitors abide by the closure, which will be in effect seven days per week, for their safety. Updates on the trail re-opening will be available on the park’s website at 

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About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
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