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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 at the Boathouse for a lesson in canoeing. This program will provide instructions and the opportunity to practice the  basic paddle strokes used in canoeing. Please wear appropriate clothing! It will most likely be hot and sunny. The program will last 1 - 1.5 hours. Please call (919) 571-4170 for more information and to make reservations. Ages 10 and up. Limit 10.

Date of Event:
Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Big Lake Boathouse / HWY 70 Entrance

Come join us for a leisurely hike to look for photo opportunities along the trails and powerlines. Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellant, a camera and binoculars. This hike is open to all skill levels.

Date of Event:
Thu, 07/27/2017 - 9:30am
Start Location:
Crabtree/Hwy 70 Entrance - Multi-Use Parking Lot

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