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Company Mill Trail Bridge CLOSED...   

The large truss bridge on Company Mill trail that crosses Crabtree Creek will be closed for repairs beginning on October 21.  During this time, there will be no way to cross the bridge or to safely cross Crabtree Creek.  The sections of the trail on land may still be used, but visitors will need to turn around at the bridge and hike out the same direction they hiked in.  Repairs are expected to take approximately two weeks.  During the closure, please do not use the bridge at any time.

 Last updated on: Monday, October 14, 2019

Trucks and Heavy Equipment on Multi-Use...   

Starting on September 23, 2019, large dump trucks will be on the multi-use trails delivering rock and materials to the Cedar Ridge trail project.  Please use caution while on the multi-use trail and be aware that there will be trucks driving on the trail.  Cedar Ridge trail is CLOSED to all pedestrians, bicycles, and horses for safety and to allow the contractor to build the trail.  Please stayy off the trail at all times.  The rock delivery and spreading of material will take 3 weeks weather permitting.

Original Message:
Cedar Ridge trail on the multi-use trail system will be closed for construction.  We are improving and rerouting sections of the trail to bring it up to current trail standards.  During this closure, please do not use the trail as there will be contractors working with heavy equipment and unsafe conditions.  Visitors should also be aware of dump truck traffic on the multi-use trail delivering materials during construction.  The work is expected to take approximately 60 days depending on weather.

 Last updated on: Monday, September 23, 2019

Events and Programs

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.

 

Come join Ranger Billy for a hike where we discover the unfinished millstones we have in the park and the history around them.  This 4 1/2 mile hike will take us to beautiful parts of the park off the beaten path.  If you like history and hiking, this hike is for you.   Call the park to register.  919-571-4170.

Date of Event:
Sat, 10/26/2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Reedy Creek Parking Lot/ Harrison Ave/ Exit 287 off I - 40

Join a Park Ranger to learn about some of the aquatic flora and fauna in William B. Umstead's most popular lake.  Boats, paddles, and life jackets will be provided at no cost.  Experienced paddlers only.  If you don't know how to canoe, please respect everyone else and sit this one out.  

Call the park office at 919-571-4170 to register for the program.  Space is limited.

Date of Event:
Thu, 10/31/2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Big Lake Boat House/ Crabtree Entrance off Glenwood

Join a Park Ranger to learn about the basics of renewable energy and how we can harness the shining sun, and the movement of wind and water to power our electrified modern lives.  This program will include building small KNEX solar powered machines that requires program participants to be 8 years old or older.  We will work together in teams to build these little moving machines so bring a good team spirit with you!  If the sun isn't shining, we'll build wind or water powered machines.  

Call the park office at 919-571-4170 to register for the program.  Space is limited.

Date of Event:
Mon, 11/11/2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center/ Crabtree Entrance off Glenwood Ave.

8801 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27617

919-571-4170
william.umstead@ncparks.gov

 

Map of North Carolina

GPS: 35.8905, -78.7502

 

8801 Glenwood Ave. entrance
 

  • 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.
 

2100 N. Harrison Ave. entrance
 

  • 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
     
VISITOR CENTER:
  • 9:00am to 5:00pm daily
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     
EXHIBIT HALL inside visitor center:
  • 9:00am to 4:30pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

Tent and trailer family campground open
April 1 to October 31
 

  • April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     
Campers: Please note that once the campground 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.