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Bridge Open at Reedy Creek Lake Multi-Use Trail   

The Reedy Creek Lake multi-use trail and bridge at William B. Umstead State Park has re-opened as of January 29, 2019. 

 

 Last updated on: Tuesday, January 29, 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.

 

Join Holly for 2.8 mile hike on Sal's Branch. Sal's branch leads down to Big Lake and loops back to the Visitor Center. Along the way, you can observe what plants are doing in during the winter and who's nested in the trees.

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

Date of Event:
Wed, 02/20/2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center (Located off Highway 70/Glenwood Ave, Raleigh)

This program is designed for new parents to explore the outdoors with their newborn children (less than 1 year). This stroller hike will start off in the Harrison Avenue Parking Lot (which has bathrooms with running water and an area to change babies) and walk 1/2 mile (1 mile round trip) staying on a paved road. For those wanting to continue on with more more robust strollers or other child carriers, there is an option to continue another half a mile down to Reedy Creek Lake on our Multi-Use Trail. This program serves a great opportunity for new parents and guardians to get outside with their babies, converse with other new parents, and meet other new moms and dads in our area. *Strollers are not needed, babies can be carried in backpacks and other carriers as well.*

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

Date of Event:
Mon, 02/25/2019 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Reedy Creek Parking Lot (Located off Interstate 40 Exit 287/Harrison Ave, Cary)

We will start our 2 - 2 ½ mile hike at Sycamore cabins and hike down by the spillway and then go to the old quarry/ dynamite shack area, which is easily one of the prettiest parts of the park.  From there we will continue on the Sycamore Trail until we hit Graylyn Road and we will walk up the road visiting the family homesites and graveyards that are there.  You will learn about the people of Cedar Forks community that used to live here at the park.   This is a moderate hike with one long uphill with some off-trail parts. 

Program Length: 2 hours
Reservations required. Limited to 25 people. Please call the visitor center at 919-571-4170 to make reservations.

Date of Event:
Sun, 03/10/2019 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Multi-Use Trail Parking Lot (Located off Highway 70/Glenwood Ave, Raleigh)

This hike will circle Big Lake (about a 4-mile hike) and show some beautiful parts of Umstead State Park that people rarely see.  On the way we will see what is going on in the spring woods.  On the back end of the Lake we have to cross two creeks that don't have bridges so be mentally prepared for sketchy log crossings.  On the positive side of potentially falling in the creek, everyone else usually enjoys the show.

Program Length: 2 hours
Reservations required. Limited to 25 people. Please call the visitor center at 919-571-4170 to make reservations.

Date of Event:
Sun, 03/24/2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Crabtree Large Parking Lot (Located off Highway 70/Glenwood Ave, Raleigh)

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

Date of Event:
Fri, 03/29/2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Crabtree Large Parking Lot (Located off Highway 70/Glenwood Ave, Raleigh)
Contact:

8801 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27617

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

 

Map of North Carolina

GPS: 35.8905, -78.7502

 

CRABTREE CREEK (GLENWOOD AVENUE 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.
Campers: from March 15 to November 1, the family campground gate will remain open an additional hour after the hours posted above to allow campers access in and out of the park during that time. Please note that once the 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.

 

REEDY CREEK (HARRISON AVENUE 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 March 15 to November 1