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Equestrian Parking Closed Till Dec. 11   

Our equestrian parking lot at the Multi Use Trail head will be closed for construction till Dec. 11

 Last updated on: Monday, November 23, 2020

Horse Trailer Parking Closed for Next Three Weeks   

The horse trailer parking lot will be unavailable for the next three weeks. That portion of the Multi-Use Trail (MUT) parking lot will be used for stockpiling material for a repair project. Unfortunately, there is no other parking for horse trailers, so visitors will not be able to bring their horses into the park during this time. The car parking portion of the MUT will be unaffected.

 Last updated on: Friday, November 20, 2020

Current status of park facilities   

Weekend delays: William B. Umstead has been routinely reaching parking capacity on weekends and visitors must wait for one vehicle leaves before the next vehicle may enter. As we move into the fall leaf season, please be prepared by arriving early morning and 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.

The visitor center is open. To enter the visitor center you MUST wear a mask, and there is a maximum of 6 people inside at all times.

Crabtree shelter #2 is open daily.

Maple Hill Lodge and Youth Tent Camp is open only on Friday and Saturday, and there is a two-night minimum to rent. 

To make reservations for any of our facilities, you must book it online or by calling 1-877-722-6762.

Camp Lapihio, Camp Crabtree, Sycamore Cabins, Reedy Creek Shelters 1 & 2, and Crabtree Shelter 1 all remain CLOSED. 

There will also be NO BOAT RENTALS this year. We will resume rentals next spring.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of October 3, we are following modified Phase 3.

 Last updated on: Monday, November 2, 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

 


 

 

 

News archive

Each of North Carolina’s state parks has special events during the year and news about facilities, trails, staff and park supporters. And, visitors are frequently finding new ways to explore a park’s unique cultural and natural resources. Check these pages to keep abreast of the news at your favorite parks.

Ask a Ranger: Reedy Creek State Park; A Personal History of Segregation

James Johnson grew up in William B. Umstead State Park in Raleigh, North Carolina during Jim Crow laws and segregation. At that point, there were two separate parks: Crabtree Creek State Park and Reedy Creek State Park. His father, James Johnson, was one of three African American park superintendents for the three segregated NC State Parks. This is a fascinating conversation on many levels. James Johnson is a great history and storyteller of North Carolina and Raleigh/Cary history.

 

Ask a Ranger: The Den Owners Association

Ranger Crystal travels to Yates Mill, a Wake County park, to help Ranger Rebeccah get things lined up for the annual Den Owners Association meeting. Listen in as they hike and canoe around Yates Mill, and chat with everyone from otters to toads and squirrels to grumpy ole Walter the groundhog. You will learn some interesting facts about many of the Yates Mill residents and concerns of den dwellers.

 

Ask a Ranger: Prehistoric Mammals

We sit down with Dr. Kammerer from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and explore what prehistoric mammals roamed North Carolina BEFORE the age of dinosaurs.

 

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Upcoming Events:

Friday, November 27, 2020 - 2:00pm
Friday, November 27, 2020 - 2:00pm