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An inviting trail at William B. Umstead State Park
NO BOAT RENTALS   

We will not offer any boat rentals in 2022. We will update the website and social media when we offer this service again.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Current Status of Park Facilities   

The Visitor Center is open, including the museum exhibits. Park maps are available outside, in a box 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.
  • Family Campground is open and can be reserved by the night. 
  • 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. 
  • We are accepting reservations from non-profit organizations for Camp Crabtree and Camp Lapihio. Please contact the park office for more information. 
  • Sycamore Cabins are closed. We do not offer any vacation cabin rentals. 
  • NO BOAT RENTALS will be offered in 2022.  

Most water fountains and spigots are operational; however, visitors should still bring their own water and stay hydrated in the heat.

Weekend Delays: The park can reach 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.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Last update: 4/17/22. 

 Last updated on: Sunday, April 17, 2022

Partial Closure of Sycamore Trail due to Storm Damage   

The storm on Friday, October 8, 2021, caused the bridge crossing Pat's Branch on Sycamore trail to wash out. Because of this, that portion of Sycamore trail will be closed from the trailhead to Group Camp Road. 

 Last updated on: Friday, January 28, 2022


Map of North Carolina – William B. Umstead State Park


Contact the park
 

984-867-8240

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.