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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

History

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.

Contact:

8801 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27617

919-571-4170
william.umstead@ncparks.gov

 

Map of North Carolina

GPS: 35.8905, -78.7502

 

CRABTREE CREEK (GLENWOOD AVENUE ENTRANCE):
  • 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.

 

REEDY CREEK (HARRISON AVENUE ENTRANCE):
  • 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

 

VISITOR CENTER:

8:00am to 5:00pm daily

Closed Christmas Day

 

EXHIBIT HALL inside visitor center:

9:00am to 4:30pm

Closed Christmas Day

 

TENT AND TRAILER FAMILY CAMPGROUND:

Open March 15 to November 1