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An inviting trail at William B. Umstead State Park
Current Status of Park Facilities   

The Visitor Center is open, including the museum exhibits. Park maps are available outside, in a box to the right of the front doors.

You can make reservations for any of our facilities online or by calling 1-877-722-6762.

  • All of our picnic shelters are open and can be reserved for the day.
  • Family Campground is open and can be reserved by the night. 
  • Youth Tent Camp is open and can be reserved by the night. 
  • Maple Hill Lodge can only be reserved with a two-night stay on Fridays and Saturdays. 
  • We are accepting reservations from non-profit organizations for Camp Crabtree and Camp Lapihio. Please contact the park office for more information. 
  • Sycamore Cabins are closed. We do not offer any vacation cabin rentals. 

Most water fountains and spigots are operational; however, visitors should still bring their own water and stay hydrated in the heat.

Weekend Delays: The park can reach full parking capacity on weekends, and visitors must wait for one vehicle to leave before the next vehicle may enter. Please be prepared by arriving early morning or late afternoon, and have a backup plan if the park is full when you arrive. Weekdays are the best time to visit to avoid parking closures and crowds.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Last update: 4/17/22. 

 Last updated on: Friday, May 27, 2022

Partial Closure of Sycamore Trail due to Storm Damage   

The storm on Friday, October 8, 2021, caused the bridge crossing Pat's Branch on Sycamore trail to wash out. Because of this, that portion of Sycamore trail will be closed from the trailhead to Group Camp Road. 

 Last updated on: Friday, January 28, 2022


Map of North Carolina – William B. Umstead State Park


Contact the park
 

984-867-8240

william.umstead@ncparks.gov

 


Addresses
 

Crabtree Creek access
and visitor center

8801 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27617

GPS: 35.8905, -78.7502

 

Reedy Creek access

2100 N. Harrison Ave.
Cary, NC 27513

GPS: 35.8334, -78.7603

 


Hours
 

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  • 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
     

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  • 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
     

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  • Open daily:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Exhibit Hall is open.
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • Tent and trailer family campground is open April 1 - October 31

     

  • April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm

 


 

 

 

Things to do

Hiking

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

Boating

No boat rentals will be offered in 2022.

Visitors are welcome to bring their own kayak or other small boat (no gas motors) and use the boat launch located at the south end of Big Lake, accessible via Group Camp Road. Please note that the only parking available at the boat launch is wheelchair accessible. After unloading their boat, visitors without ADA tags should drive north on Group Camp Road, turn left on Maintenance Road, turn left on Umstead Parkway, and park in the Crabtree Picnic Area lot. Take the footpath down to Big Lake and turn left to walk back to the boat launch area.

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.

Cycling

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.

Fishing

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.

Picnicking

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.