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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

 


 

 

 

Scheduled events

William B. Umstead State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. 

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.

 

A StoryWalk is a children's book and a walking trail combined. Children, adults, and families can come walk the short 1/2 mile Inspiration Trail and read a different story every week through November 18. The StoryWalk is open for self-guided exploration during park hours. 

Date of Event:
Fri, 10/22/2021 - 8:00am to Wed, 10/27/2021 - 9:00pm
Start Location:
Reedy Creek Entrance (2100 N Harrison Ave, Cary) - Inspiration Trail

A StoryWalk is a children's book and a walking trail combined. Children, adults, and families can come walk the short 1/2 mile Inspiration Trail and read a different story every week through November 18. The StoryWalk is open for self-guided exploration during park hours. 

Date of Event:
Fri, 10/29/2021 - 8:00am to Wed, 11/03/2021 - 9:00pm
Start Location:
Reedy Creek Entrance (2100 N Harrison Ave, Cary) - Inspiration Trail

A StoryWalk is a children's book and a walking trail combined. Children, adults, and families can come walk the short 1/2 mile Inspiration Trail and read a different story every week through November 18. The StoryWalk is open for self-guided exploration during park hours. 

Date of Event:
Fri, 11/05/2021 - 8:00am to Wed, 11/10/2021 - 8:00pm
Start Location:
Reedy Creek Entrance (2100 N Harrison Ave, Cary) - Inspiration Trail

A StoryWalk is a children's book and a walking trail combined. Children, adults, and families can come walk the short 1/2 mile Inspiration Trail and read a different story every week through November 18. The StoryWalk is open for self-guided exploration during park hours. 

Date of Event:
Fri, 11/12/2021 - 8:00am to Wed, 11/17/2021 - 9:00pm
Start Location:
Reedy Creek Entrance (2100 N Harrison Ave, Cary) - Inspiration Trail