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William B Umstead State Park

Senior Hike

William B Umstead State Park
Date of Event: 
Wed, 09/12/2018 - 9:00am

Join Park Staff member Holly to explore the lower half of Sal's Branch Trail.  We'll start by Big Lake and go up to Switch Back road, and back down to the lake.  There's an old tobacco barn near there maybe we can find it.  

Night Hike

William B Umstead State Park
Date of Event: 
Thu, 09/06/2018 - 7:30am

Just because the sun has gone down does not mean that nature has gone away with it.  Join a Park Ranger at the Crabtree/Hwy 70 entrance and discuss some of the nocturnal animals you can find in the park.  We will also talk about the science of the eye as it relates to nighttime, and a short story on the rich pirate history of North Carolina.  The program will last roughly one hour and includes

Ask a Ranger: Yates Mill Pond

Many of our North Carolina state parks were affected by gristmills and millponds that were created in and around our North Carolina communities. We do not have any working gristmills in North Carolina state parks, so Ranger Jess and Ranger Crystal traveled to a Wake County park in Raleigh, Yates Mill Pond, to talk all things millpond and gristmill. From how a gristmill works and the community aspects of a gristmill and millpond, to the nature that is in and around a millpond — Ranger Rebeccah Cope educates on it all!

Can You Dig It?

William B Umstead State Park
Date of Event: 
Thu, 08/23/2018 - 9:00am

Join a Park Ranger for a morning of trail work.  We will be constructing a short section of new trail to reroute around a set of deteriorating steps. Wear appropriate clothing and bring plenty of water.  All tools will be provided.  This will be fairly strenuous work as there will be a lot of digging involved.

First Day of School Hike

William B Umstead State Park
Date of Event: 
Mon, 08/27/2018 - 10:00am

This hike is designed for parents and guardians who are looking for a little peace, quiet, and tranquility on the kids' first day back at school in Wake County. Join a Ranger while we hike the Sals Branch Loop Trail starting at the Visitor Center and weaving its way through the forest to Big Lake and back in 2.8 miles.