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Multi-Use Trail - Work In Progress   

Heavy equipment and vehicles will be on the Multi-Use Trails from March 20, 2017 to March 24, 2017.

 Posted on: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 4:38pm
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.


Spring is the season for the tree frogs of North Carolina to come out and start singing their songs. What better way to celebrate the warmer and sunnier days than to provide a safe place for our amphibian friends to hide while they make their calls. Access your artistic side by decorating your own frog tube that you can either bring home to accent your own backyard, or leave here in the park to provide shelter in one of our many swampy/wooded areas. Each frog tube is about 4ft long and needs a creative person like you to decorate it and make it a welcoming place for a tree frog to hide from birds and rodent preditors. Please call the visitor center to sign up for the program at 919-571-4170. 

This program is geared towards younger participants but older participants can be counted as well. There are only 9 PVC frog tubes so there can not be any more than 9 participants unless 2 siblings or friends want to decorate one tube. Adults shouldn't be counted into the participant total. If you want to take your frog tube home, you may have to come the next day so your paint can dry. 

Date of Event:
Wed, 03/29/2017 - 5:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor's Center (8801 Glenwood Avenue)

William B. Umstead State Park

8801 Glenwood Avenue
RaleighNC 27617
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Park Hours:

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

Boathouse (canoe and row boat rental)
Weekends, beginning the first weekend in May through September. 
Saturday & Sunday: 8:30am - 4:30pm (last boat goes out at 3:30pm).

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