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Boathouse Opens Memorial Day Weekend    

Boathouse opens Saturday, May 27th. Please call the park office if you have any questions.

 Posted on: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 9:25am
Multi-use Trail Repairs    

Be aware of repairs on the multi-use trails. Heavy equipment will be in use. 


 Posted on: Monday, May 15, 2017 - 11:35am
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.


Box Turtles need your help! They are amazing animals but their populations are declining. Come find out what makes them unique, why their populations are declining, and what you can do to help. Meet with a ranger at the visitor center off of Genwood Ave in Raleigh. Please call 919-571-4170 to make your reservation.

Date of Event:
Sat, 05/27/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

We will be looking for photo opportunities while taking a leisurely hike along the multi-use trail and powerllines. Wear appropriate shoes, insect spray and sunscreen. Bring your camera (and binoculars, if you like!).

Date of Event:
Wed, 05/31/2017 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Multi-Use Trail Parking Lot

Join a Park ranger for a morning of trail work to celebrate National Trails Day. We will be putting the final touches on a one mile long re-route of Company Mill Trail. Work will include raking, digging and heavy lifting. Please be prepared for 3 hours of work and 30-40 minutes of hiking. We will meet at the Visitor Center at 8:30, then drive to a gated access point for Company Mill Trail. Come have some fun on the trail and support your favorite state park.         PLEASE WEAR STURDY SHOES/BOOTS AND BRING PLENTY OF WATER. BUG SPRAY IS RECOMMENDED. ALL TOOLS WILL BE PROVIDED.

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/03/2017 - 8:30am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

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