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North Turkey Creek MUT Alert - ongoing trail maintenance   

Be alert to ongoing trail maintenance on North Turkey Creek Multi-Use Trail (MUT), from Graylyn MUT down to the Ebenezer Church Road Gate. Park maintenance staff will be using heavy equipment on the trail. All hikers and riders should proceed slowly and with extreme caution. Pay attention to work signage and follow all instructions. We appreciate your cooperation as we work to keep the trails in good condition. 

 Last updated on: Monday, June 14, 2021

Current Status of Park Facilities   

Weekend Delays: The park has been routinely reaching full parking capacity on weekends and visitors must wait for one vehicle to leave before the next vehicle may enter. Please be prepared by arriving early morning or late afternoon, and have a backup plan if the park is full when you arrive. Weekdays are the best time to visit to avoid parking closures and crowds.

BRING WATER! There are no water fountains available. 

NO BOAT RENTALS will be offered in 2021.  

The Visitor Center is open, including the museum exhibits. Unvaccinated visitors should wear a mask indoors. Park maps are available outside to the right of the front doors.

You can make reservations for any of our facilities online or by calling 1-877-722-6762.

  • All of our picnic shelters are open and can be reserved for the day.
  • Youth Tent Camp is open and can be reserved by the night. 
  • Maple Hill Lodge can only be reserved with a two-night stay on Fridays and Saturdays. 
  • Sycamore Cabins remain closed. 
  • We are accepting reservations for Camp Crabtree and Camp Lapihio. Please call the park office for more information. 

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. North Carolina Executive Order 215 is in effect as of May 14, 2021.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, May 26, 2021

NO BOAT RENTALS   

We will not offer any boat rentals in 2021, due to COVID safety measures. We will update the website and social media when we offer this service again.

 Last updated on: Sunday, May 9, 2021


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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  • Open daily:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Exhibit Hall is open.
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • Tent and trailer family campground is open April 1 - October 31

     

  • April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm

 


 

 

 

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.

Park Maps and Brochures:

Upcoming Events:

Friday, August 6, 2021 - 8:00am
Friday, August 13, 2021 - 8:00am
Friday, August 20, 2021 - 8:00am