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An inviting trail at William B. Umstead State Park
Campground opens for RESERVATIONS ONLY beginning Saturday August 8   

The tent campground at William B/ Umstead State Park will be open for RESERVATIONS ONLY beginning on Saturday, August 8.  You MUST make an ONLINE RESERVATION prior to your arrival to be able to camp, there will be no in person registration/payment for campsites. 

Online Reservations for campsites can be made at:  https://northcarolinastateparks.reserveamerica.com/welcome.do  (a link to the reservation website is also available at www.ncparks.gov).

Telephone reservations can be made by calling toll-free 1-877-7-CAMP-NC (877-722-6762). 

You will not be able to pay for a campsite in person at the park.  Anyone without a paid reservation will not be allowed to stay.

*Please note, the campground bathroom and showers will be closed each day from 9:00am to 1:00pm to allow for proper cleaning procedures of the facility.  Restroom facilities are available at the park visitor center during this time.

 Last updated on: Friday, August 7, 2020

Important information regarding the current status of facilities. Please read before coming to the park.   

* Our visitor center remains closed for now. Please refer to our website first for generic information. For important calls only, please call 919-571-4170 or 919-218-2809.  All camping facilities remain CLOSED. There are no boat rentals.

Important Information Before Visiting:

1.  Bring WATER!  There are no water fountains, and it is VERY HOT, please bring enough water to drink.

2.  Bring a MAP!  You can print maps online before you come to the park or pick one up at our Visitor Center or trail Kiosks.  We have over 30 MILES of trails in the park and many trails are not loop trails so please bring a map and plan your hike.  Pay special attenton to the distance and difficulty rating of the trails you will be on.

3.  Gates lock at 9:00pm.  Please plan your visit so you are able to leave before the gates lock.

Park hours will be 8:00am to 9:00pm on both sides of the park.  *On Saturday and Sunday mornings, the Reedy Creek entrance at Harrison Avenue and I-40 will open at 7:00am. The Crabtree entrance at Glenwood Avenue will open at 8:00am seven days a week. Entry before or after operating hours is trespassing.

*IMPORTANT: The park will close when full and no cars will be allowed to enter until more parking becomes available.  As one vehicle leaves the park, the next vehicle in line will be allowed to enter.

4. We are opening trails and restrooms to provide fresh air and exercise during this difficult time. Visitors should make their visits brief and focus on moving through the park, without stopping any place where multiple people may be in one area. This is not the time to “hang out” at the park.

5.  The horse parking area is OPEN. The visitor center is closed so please keep a copy of your horse's Coggins report in your vehicle, horse trailers are not required to stop at the visitor center.

6.  Please bring hand sanitizer and go to the bathroom before coming to the park. Restrooms will be open, but we have limited supplies of toilet paper and soap, so please conserve.

7.  Please follow all current state guidelines on social distancing and gatherings. Visitors should maintain a social distance, including on trails — move aside for people to pass.

8.  Visitors should wear a face covering, like a bandana or a mask, that allows them to breathe easily on the trail without spreading as many germs.

9.  If you are hiking in a group, walk single file when you are passing someone on a trail.

*Special Message:  We are still operating the park on a limited opening capacity to allow people to visit and enjoy the park and the outdoors while also adjusting operations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  COVID-19 Guidelines and Recommendations should still be followed.  Please keep proper social distance, allow room for others to pass, and avoid gathering in groups.

Please also respect park staff who have been given specific operational guidelines for cleaning and social distancing requirements for their safety and to reduce the potential spread of infection.

*Visitor behavior is IMPERATIVE to create conditions that will allow us to keep our parks open. Failure to respect these guidelines could cause parks to be closed and may impact additional park facilities from reopening.*

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended until at least September 11, 2020.

 Last updated on: Friday, August 7, 2020

Facilities Closure   

Due to the Govenors extention to phase 2 we have cancelled all reservations (EXCEPT FAMILY CAMPGROUND) till September11th. Once we get further information we will update when all the facilities will open. 

 Last updated on: Thursday, August 6, 2020


Map of North Carolina – William B. Umstead State Park


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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  • The visitor center is currently closed until further notice due to COVID-19 precautions.
     
  • Open daily:
    9:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Exhibit hall open daily:
    9:00am to 4:30pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • Tent and trailer family campground is open from April 1 to October 31
     
  • The campground gates currently open at 8:00am and close at 9:00pm due to COVID-19 procedures. These new campground gate hours are in effect until further notice.
     
  • April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm

 


 

 

 

History highlights

Long before the first settlers, the area now known as William B. Umstead State Park was an untamed land. American bison, elk, bobcats and wolves roamed majestic forests of oak, hickory and beech. Native Americans later inhabited the land and avenues of trade were developed nearby. Such avenues included the Occoneeche trail to the north and the Pee Dee trail to the south. In 1774, land grants opened the area for settlement.

Forests were cleared as agricultural interests sprouted. While early farming efforts were successful, poor cultivation practices and one-crop production led to depletion and erosion of the soil. During the Depression, farmers made futile attempts to grow cotton in worn-out soil around Crabtree Creek.

In 1934, under the Resettlement Administration, federal and state agencies united to buy 5,000 acres of this submarginal land to develop a recreation area. The Civilian Conservation Corps, as well as the Works Progress Administration, helped construct the site while providing much needed jobs. Four camps along with day-use and picnic facilities were built and the park opened to the public in 1937.

The state purchased this area, known as Crabtree Creek Recreation Area, for $1, and more facilities were built as the General Assembly made its first state parks division appropriation in the 1940s. In 1950, more than 1,000 acres of the park were established as a separate park for African-Americans. This area was named Reedy Creek State Park. Crabtree Creek Recreation Area was renamed a few years later after former Governor William Bradley Umstead because of his conservation efforts. In 1966, the Crabtree Creek and Reedy Creek areas were united under the same name; William B. Umstead State Park was open to everyone.