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First Day of School Hike

An inviting trail at William B. Umstead State Park
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First Day of School Hike

This hike is designed for parents and guardians who are looking for a little peace, quiet, and tranquility on the kids' first day back at school in Wake County. Join a Ranger while we hike the Sals Branch Loop Trail starting at the Visitor Center and weaving its way through the forest to Big Lake and back in 2.8 miles. 

Program Length:  1.5 hours
Limited to 12  participants.
Reservations required. Please call the Visitor Center at #919-571-4170 to make reservations.

  • A relaxing day at the park.
Date of Event: 
Monday, August 27, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location: 
Visitor Center (Located off Highway 70/Glenwood Ave, Raleigh)

William B. Umstead State Park

8801 Glenwood Avenue
RaleighNC 27617
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Latitude: 35.890500
Longitude: -78.750200

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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

Tent and Trailer Family Campground
Season of Operation: March 15th - December 1st