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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: Saturday, October 9, 2021

Current Status of Park Facilities   

Given the continued threat of COVID-19 and variants of the virus, face masks are required for indoor areas of the park, including the Visitor Center and bathhouses. All visitors must wear face masks while indoors, regardless of vaccination status. 

The Visitor Center is open, including the museum exhibits. Park maps are available outside 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.
  • 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 for Camp Crabtree and Camp Lapihio. Please call the park office for more information. 
  • Sycamore Cabins remain closed. 
  • NO BOAT RENTALS will be offered in 2021.  

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. North Carolina Executive Order 225 is in effect as of August 20, 2021.

 Last updated on: Monday, August 23, 2021

North Turkey Creek MUT Alert - ongoing trail maintenance   

Be alert to ongoing trail maintenance on North Turkey Creek Multi-Use Trail (MUT), from Graylyn MUT down to the Ebenezer Church Road Gate. Park maintenance staff will be using heavy equipment on the trail. All hikers and riders should proceed slowly and with extreme caution. Pay attention to work signage and follow all instructions. We appreciate your cooperation as we work to keep the trails in good condition. 

 Last updated on: Monday, June 14, 2021


Map of North Carolina – William B. Umstead State Park


Contact the park
 

919-571-4170

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

 


 

 

 

Educational programs

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.

Park Maps and Brochures:

Upcoming Events:

Friday, October 29, 2021 - 8:00am
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 8:00am
Friday, November 12, 2021 - 8:00am