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8801 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27617

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

 

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GPS: 35.8905, -78.7502

 

8801 Glenwood Ave. 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.
 

2100 N. Harrison Ave. 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:
  • 9:00am 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
April 1 to October 31
 

  • April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     
Campers: Please note that once the campground 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.

 

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.

How and why did you become a Park Ranger?

This is a question often asked of us. Each ranger has their own very unique and interesting journey into this profession.  Here is one ranger’s journey into the amazing career of a Park Ranger. 

Ask an Intern: What was it like to be one of William B. Umstead's first Park Interns?

After finishing a bachelor's degree in college, I decided to join AmeriCorps, becoming a Corps member in the 20th class of the National Civilian Community Corps (an organization I strongly encourage you to look into if you haven’t heard of it) and was thrown into the deep end of working outdoors, a first for me. I decided to make this field my career, and since then I’ve been working towards gaining as much experience and knowledge as I can.

It’s a snake! But what kind?

Snakes! Just thinking about snakes can strike fear into the biggest and bravest people. People are often afraid when they feel unsafe or think something is dangerous. The fear of snakes, as with any fear, can be decreased with a little bit of knowledge about our legless park reptiles. So here are a few ranger tips to help you out!