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Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 10:00am
Monday, February 25, 2019 - 3:00pm
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 3:00pm
Bridge Open at Reedy Creek Lake Multi-Use Trail   

The Reedy Creek Lake multi-use trail and bridge at William B. Umstead State Park has re-opened as of January 29, 2019. 


 Last updated on: Tuesday, January 29, 2019


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 from April 1 to October 31 through the visitor center. Boat rentals are $7 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.


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.


8801 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27617



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GPS: 35.8905, -78.7502


  • November to February:
    7:00am to 6:00pm
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
  • May to August:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
  • September to October:
    7:00am to 8:00pm

Closed Christmas Day

The gate at Crabtree Creek opens at 7 a.m. daily as part of a pilot program to allow early access to the trails system.
Campers: from March 15 to November 1, the family campground gate will remain open an additional hour after the hours posted above to allow campers access in and out of the park during that time. Please note that once the gates close, they are locked until the park reopens the following day. There will be no entry or exit permitted, except for law enforcement or medical emergencies.


  • 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



8:00am to 5:00pm daily

Closed Christmas Day


EXHIBIT HALL inside visitor center:

9:00am to 4:30pm

Closed Christmas Day



Open March 15 to November 1