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Park Entrance Addresses   

Crabtree Entrance: 8801 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh, NC 27617

Reedy Creek Entrance: 1800 N. Harrison Ave. Cary, NC 27513

 Posted on: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 10:24am
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.


Many people come to Wiliam B. Umstead State Park looking for a way to unwind from the stresses of life in the Triangle. While some people enjoy physical activities like running and mountain biking, there are other less physically-demanding ways to enjoy this beautiful natural place. One way to do this is through the practice of Mindfulness Meditation which is a simple, practical and scientifically proven way to improve your body and mind. Join a Park Ranger for a secular introduction to the practice of meditation. This program is available and geared towards people of all physical abilities. Whether this is your first time or you've  been meditating for years, this program is for you. 

Date of Event:
Thu, 09/21/2017 - 6:30pm
Start Location:
Reedy Creek Picnic Shelter #2

Celebrate art, science, hiking and more.  The Triangle Volksmarch is a self-paced walking challenge for all ages.  Pick up a free map and passport at any of the event sites.  Then visit stamp stations along 6.2 miles(10 K) of the Capital Area Greenway anytime between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. and earn the Volksmarch patch. for more information.

Special Events Along the Trail.
10 a.m. to noon: Decorate a walking stick at the N.C. Museum of Art.  Free hiking sticks while supplies last.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Citizen Science at Prairie Ridge Ecostation. Help biologists do real science.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: NCSU Outdoors at Schenck Forest. See live demonstrations and meet Smokey Bear.
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.:  Celebrate Nature's Holiday Traditions and S'mores.   Umstead State Park, Reedy Creek Entrance, Shelter #2.
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.: You can pick up your earned patch at Great Outdoor Provision Co. in Cameron Village.

Date of Event: 

Saturday, November 18 - 9:30am to 5:00pm



Date of Event:
Sat, 11/18/2017 - 9:30am to 5:00pm
Start Location:
N.C. Museum of Art or Reedy Creek Shelter #2 in the Park

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