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Upcoming Events:

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 9:00am
Monday, August 27, 2018 - 10:00am
Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 7:30am
Help Wanted: Seasonal Park Attendant   

William B. Umstead State Park is looking for a reliable individual to help with weekend and holiday duties in the park Visitor Center as well as with general park maintenance duties during the week.

  • $8.00/hour
  • 16-40 Hours per week
  • Term position. Not to exceed 6 months.
  • Typical Visitor Center duties include assisting park visitors with questions and directions, making and receiving campsite reservations, renting canoes, selling merchandise, answering phones, and more.
  • Weekend office help is our focus but a candidate who can perform general park maintenance duties such as cleaning park facilities, landscaping, light construction, and trail work for 3 days during the week in addition to weekend office duties is preferred.

If interested, please send your PD-107 NC Standard Application to william.umstead@ncparks.gov or mail to:
Seasonal Hiring Manager
William B. Umstead State Park
8801 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27617

 Posted on: Friday, July 27, 2018
Fees/FAQs/Rules

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.

Boating

Boat rentals are available from April 1 to October 31 through the visitor center. Boat rentals are $5 per boat (cash, check or credit card). Rental hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Boats are not available for rental after 3 p.m. and all boats must be returned by 4:15 p.m.

  • 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.

Notice: Paddleboards are allowed, but paddleboarders need to be aware that rocks, glass and other unknown debris may be present on lake bottom, so protective footwear is recommended. Paddle at your own risk! Lifejackets are required for all watercraft.

Fishing

Regulations of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are enforced.

Permits

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.

Contact:

William B. Umstead State Park

8801 Glenwood Avenue
RaleighNC 27617
Phone919-571-4170
Our Email william.umstead@ncparks.gov
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