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NC State Parks StoryWalk

An inviting trail at William B. Umstead State Park
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Contact the park
 

919-571-4170

william.umstead@ncparks.gov

 


Addresses
 

Crabtree Creek access
and visitor center

8801 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27617

GPS: 35.8905, -78.7502

 

Reedy Creek access

2100 N. Harrison Ave.
Cary, NC 27513

GPS: 35.8334, -78.7603

 


Hours
 

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  • 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
     

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  • 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
     

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  • Open daily:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Exhibit Hall is open.
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • Tent and trailer family campground is open April 1 - October 31

     

  • April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm

 


 

 

 

NC State Parks StoryWalk

A StoryWalk is a children's book and a walking trail combined. Children, adults, and families can come walk the short 1/2 mile Inspiration Trail and read a different story every week through November 18. The StoryWalk is open for self-guided exploration during park hours. 

Inspiration Trail is at the Reedy Creek entrance, at 2100 North Harrison Ave in Cary. Take exit 287 off I-40, enter the park, and stay straight ahead for the parking lot. The northwest corner of the parking lot leads to the Company Mill and Inspiration Trails. Walk past the large picnic shelter and cross the footbridge, then turn to the left for Inspiration Trail. 

Arts in the Parks programs are curated and designed to encourage creativity, foster imagination, combine literacy and exercise, and increase the participation of non-traditional park visitors. Created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont in 2007, StoryWalk is an innovative and delightful way to combine literacy and exercise. 

Come every week for a new story! New StoryWalks are installed on Fridays. 

  • June 1-30: Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper
  • July 1-8: Blue Sky White Stars (English and Spanish) by Sarvinder Naberhaus
  • July 9-15: Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
  • July 16-22: The Wonders of Summer by Kealy Connor Lonning
  • July 23-29: Let's Go on a Hike by Katrina Liu
  • July 30-Aug 5: We Walk Through the Forest by Lisa Ferland
  • Aug 6-12: If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson
  • Aug 13-19: The Hugging Tree by Jill Neimark
  • Aug 20-26: Firenze's Light by Jessica Collaco
  • Aug 27-Sept 2: Listening With My Heart by Gabi Garcia
  • Sept 3-9: Seeds and Trees: A Children's Book About the Power of Words by Brandon Walden
  • Sept 10-16: The Keeper of Wild Words by Brooke Smith
  • Sept 17-23: The Wild Woods by Simon James
  • Sept 24-30: Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
  • Oct 1-7: Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson
  • Oct 8-14: We're Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metger
  • Oct 15-21: The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
  • Oct 22-28: Pick a Pumpkin by Patricia Toht
  • Oct 29-Nov 4: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
  • Nov 5-11: Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht
  • Nov 12-18: The Tree That's Meant to Be by Yuval Zommer

 

Date of Event: 
Friday, July 9, 2021 - 8:00am to Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 9:00pm
Friday, July 16, 2021 - 8:00am to Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - 9:00pm
Friday, July 23, 2021 - 8:00am to Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 9:00pm
Friday, July 30, 2021 - 8:00am to Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 9:00pm
Friday, August 6, 2021 - 8:00am to Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 9:00pm
Friday, August 13, 2021 - 8:00am to Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - 9:00pm
Friday, August 20, 2021 - 8:00am to Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - 9:00pm
Friday, August 27, 2021 - 8:00am to Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - 9:00pm
Friday, September 3, 2021 - 8:00am to Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 9:00pm
Friday, September 10, 2021 - 8:00am to Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 9:00pm
Friday, September 17, 2021 - 8:00am to Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 9:00pm
Friday, September 24, 2021 - 8:00am to Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 9:00pm
Friday, October 1, 2021 - 8:00am to Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 9:00pm
Friday, October 8, 2021 - 8:00am to Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 9:00pm
Friday, October 15, 2021 - 8:00am to Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 9:00pm
Friday, October 22, 2021 - 8:00am to Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 9:00pm
Friday, October 29, 2021 - 8:00am to Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 9:00pm
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 8:00am to Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 8:00pm
Friday, November 12, 2021 - 8:00am to Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 9:00pm

Start Location: 
Reedy Creek Entrance (2100 N Harrison Ave, Cary) - Inspiration Trail

Hike Length and Difficulty: 
0.50 miles - Easy

Park Maps and Brochures:

Upcoming Events:

Friday, October 1, 2021 - 8:00am
Friday, October 8, 2021 - 8:00am
Friday, October 15, 2021 - 8:00am