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Reedy Creek Bathrooms are Out of Order   

We want to make park visitors aware of repairs being done on the Reedy Creek bathrooms. While these repairs are being fixed the bathrooms will be closed. However, there will be  port-a-johns availabe for visitors to use. We are sorry for any inconvenience. 

 Posted on: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Cedar Ridge Trail Culvert Washout    

Please use extreme caution when hiking Cedar Ridge Trail due to a culvert washout . Our maintenance team is working quickly to repair the trail. 

 Posted on: Thursday, June 14, 2018

There are no entrance fees to enjoy the park. In addition to park-specific rules, please read the systemwide Park Rules for all North Carolina State Parks.


Boat rentals are available year-round through the Visitor Center. Boat rentals are $5 per hour (cash, check or credit card). Rental hours are 8:30am-4:15pm with the last boats being rented out at 3:15pm. Boats are not available for rental after 3:15pm and all boats must be returned by 4:15pm so that you may pick up your drivers license/ID from visitor center before 5pm. 

  • Individuals must be at least 16 years old to rent a boat unless accompanied by an adult.
  • Private hand-powered boats are permitted on Big Lake.
  • Gasoline motors are not permitted.
  • Electric trolling motors are allowed.
  • Pets are not permitted in boats.


Regulations of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are enforced.


Event permits. Some events—such as weddings, athletic contests, company parties, etc.—may require a Special Activity Permit. If you're unsure whether such a permit is necessary for your event, call the park office beforehand. You can download a Special Activity permit application or obtain one from the park office.

Research and collection permits. A permit is required for any project involving the collection, removal or disturbance of any natural or cultural resource of any state park unit and for projects that require placing monitoring equipment in any state park unit. Learn more about research and collection permits or fill out a permit application online.


A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.


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