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Upcoming Events:

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 9:00am
Monday, August 27, 2018 - 10:00am
Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 7:30am
Help Wanted: Seasonal Park Attendant   

William B. Umstead State Park is looking for a reliable individual to help with weekend and holiday duties in the park Visitor Center as well as with general park maintenance duties during the week.

  • $8.00/hour
  • 16-40 Hours per week
  • Term position. Not to exceed 6 months.
  • Typical Visitor Center duties include assisting park visitors with questions and directions, making and receiving campsite reservations, renting canoes, selling merchandise, answering phones, and more.
  • Weekend office help is our focus but a candidate who can perform general park maintenance duties such as cleaning park facilities, landscaping, light construction, and trail work for 3 days during the week in addition to weekend office duties is preferred.

If interested, please send your PD-107 NC Standard Application to or mail to:
Seasonal Hiring Manager
William B. Umstead State Park
8801 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27617

 Posted on: Friday, July 27, 2018

Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about William B. Umstead State Park. Check the Events calendar for more information.

To arrange a special exploration of William B. Umstead State Park for your group or class, contact the park office.

Educational materials about William B. Umstead State Park have been developed for grades 3-5 and are correlated to North Carolina's competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts. The William B. Umstead program introduces students to resource management, from land-use practices that can destroy natural resources to proper land management, restoration, and preservation. Major concepts covered include forces and causes of erosion and sedimentation, erosion and sedimentation laws, resource management and stewardship. Accompanying the program is a teacher's booklet and workshop, free of charge to educators. 

Exhibit Hall

Gain a better understanding of the natural and cultural history of the land that is now William B. Umstead State Park by visiting the park's exhibit hall. A series of interactive exhibits, oral histories and images by the celebrated Depression-era photographer Carl Mydans guides visitors through the park's transformation from exhausted farmland in the early 20th century to the dynamic Piedmont forest that exists today. The exhibit hall opened in July, 2001.

Exhibits include:

  • "This Old Farmland Has Stories to Tell" which uses oral histories of past residents to describe daily life on what was once hardscrabble farmland.
  • "Mills and the Community" depicts a replica of one of several gristmills found in the park.
  • "Park Construction" tells about the selection of the land as a public works project to be called Crabtree Creek Recreational Demonstration Area, and the beginnings of the reclamation of the land by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).
  • "The Urban Oasis" shows changes on the land that became the park through a series of aerial photographs.
  • Another series of exhibits describes the natural history of the land including stories of weather, soil and wildlife habitats.

William B. Umstead State Park

8801 Glenwood Avenue
RaleighNC 27617
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Latitude: 35.890500
Longitude: -78.750200

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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

Tent and Trailer Family Campground
Season of Operation: March 15th - December 1st