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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.

 

Join a Park Ranger and dive into the exciting world of Wild Edible foods that can be found right here in your own backyard. This hike will serve as an education look at the different types of plants that are edible in some capacity. We will be sniffing, tasting, and munching on wild edible foods but certainly not taking more than we need for educational purposes. This walk will hike a total of 1.5 miles on a mixture of trails, paved walkways, and open forest so dress accordingly with proper footwear.

Program Length: 1.5 hours
Reservations required. Limited to 12 people. Please call the visitor center at 919-571-4170 to make reservations.

Date of Event:
Tue, 04/30/2019 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Crabtree Large Parking Lot (Located off Highway 70/Glenwood Ave, Raleigh)

Join park staff to hike the Company Mill Trail up to the mill stone and on to Reedy Creek MUT. This hike will be a moderate 3.5 hike. On our Senior Hikes, the pace is slower, geared to those who want to get out in nature, but need/want a gentler pace. We’ll be exploring as we go, looking for springtime in Umstead.

Program Length: 1-2 hours
Reservations required. Limited to 10 people. Please call the visitor center at 919-571-4170 to make reservations.

Date of Event:
Wed, 05/15/2019 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Reedy Creek Parking Lot (Located off Interstate 40 Exit 287/Harrison Ave, Cary)

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.

1800 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:

8:00am 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 November 1

  • 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.