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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 10:00am
Monday, February 25, 2019 - 3:00pm
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 3:00pm
Bridge Open at Reedy Creek Lake Multi-Use Trail   

The Reedy Creek Lake multi-use trail and bridge at William B. Umstead State Park has re-opened as of January 29, 2019. 


 Last updated on: Tuesday, January 29, 2019



The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.


Rent a canoe from the visitor center, (entrance off Glenwood Ave.) for boating on Big Lake.  Relaxing on these small boats is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. See the Fees/FAQs/Rules page for fees and availability.

Bridle Trails

For people who prefer horseback, approximately 13 miles of bridle trails travel through some of the most scenic and secluded parts of the park. See the Trails page for more information. Signs mark the equestrian trails. Horses are restricted to these trails and are not permitted in other areas of the park, including hiking trails. Bridle trailhead parking is available on Sycamore Road past Maple Hill Lodge. All visitors with horses must be able to provide proof of a negative equine infectious anemia (Coggins) test while visiting North Carolina State Parks. All equestrians must check in at the Visitor Center prior to riding on the multiuse trails.


William B. Umstead State Park is one of the few state parks offering trails for bicycling. See the Trails page for more information. The mountain-bike trails follow the same roads as the bridle trails and are entered at the same points. Bike trailhead parking is also available down Sycamore Road past Maple Hill Lodge. Mountain bikes are prohibited on the hiking trails.


Three manmade lakes are part of the picturesque beauty of William B. Umstead State Park. The largest is Big Lake, which lies on Sycamore Creek. From the parking lot in the Crabtree Creek section, a broad gravel path leads to this 55-acre body of water. Further downstream is Sycamore Lake and, near the intersection of Crabtree and Reedy creeks, is Reedy Creek Lake. Sycamore and Reedy Creek lakes cover about 25 acres each.

Anglers will enjoy casting a line at William B. Umstead State Park. Fishing is permitted in each of the three lakes and in the connecting streams. Common catches include bass, bluegill and crappie. Regulations of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are enforced.


Take a picnic in the park; tables, grills and scenery are provided free of charge. A pine/hardwood forest forms a canopy for 40 picnic tables in the Crabtree Creek section. Reedy Creek offers 25 tables scattered under the trees. Drinking water, restrooms and parking are conveniently located nearby.

Crabtree Creek has two shelters for group picnics. One shelter accommodates up to 100 people; the second is for smaller gatherings of 20 people or less. A fireplace in each shelter offers an ideal setting for cool-weather dining. There are two shelters with fireplaces at Reedy Creek. One accommodates 125 people and has an attached stone deck; the second accommodates 60 people and is accessible. William B. Umstead State Park's picnic shelters are extremely popular, so reservations are suggested. Use of the shelters is free of charge unless reservations are made.



8801 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27617



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GPS: 35.8905, -78.7502


  • November to February:
    7:00am to 6:00pm
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
  • May to August:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
  • September to October:
    7:00am to 8:00pm

Closed Christmas Day

The gate at Crabtree Creek opens at 7 a.m. daily as part of a pilot program to allow early access to the trails system.
Campers: from March 15 to November 1, the family campground gate will remain open an additional hour after the hours posted above to allow campers access in and out of the park during that time. Please note that once the gates close, they are locked until the park reopens the following day. There will be no entry or exit permitted, except for law enforcement or medical emergencies.


  • November to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm

Closed Christmas Day



8:00am to 5:00pm daily

Closed Christmas Day


EXHIBIT HALL inside visitor center:

9:00am to 4:30pm

Closed Christmas Day



Open March 15 to November 1