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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

 


 

 

 

List of trails

More than twenty miles of hiking trails provide access to most of William B. Umstead State Park. Visitors may choose between a short stroll along a nature trail or a more extensive hike into the woods. Either choice will be rewarding as the beauty and diversity of the park's natural resources are best seen from any one of its many trails. Some of the trails at the park interconnect; to avoid becoming lost, pay close attention to trail markers. No bikes or horses are allowed on hiking trails.

For people who prefer horseback or bicycling, approximately 13 miles of multiuse trails travel through some of the most scenic and secluded parts of the park. Horses and bikes are restricted to the multiuse trails and are not permitted in other areas of the park, including hiking trails. Multiuse parking is available on Sycamore Road past Maple Hill Lodge. All visitors with horses must be able to provide proof of a negative equine infectious anemia (Coggins) test while visiting North Carolina State Parks. All equestrians must check in at the Visitor Center, which is located off Highway 70/Glenwood Avenue, prior to riding on the multiuse trails.

 


Pott's Branch Trail
Location: Crabtree Creek Picnic Area at Glenwood Avenue Entrance

Description:

The short hike of 1.3 miles meanders along three small streams that eventually will flow into Crabtree Creek. The confluence of Pott’s Branch and Sycamore Creek is a popular stopping place along the route. A section of the trail is routed through the picnic area offering easy access.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
1.30 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
Orange Diamonds

Sal's Branch Trail
Location: Behind Visitor Center at Glenwood Avenue Entrance or near boathouse on Big Lake.

Description:

A popular trail in the park with easy access from the Crabtree Creek entrance. The trail is best reached from the parking lot located behind the visitor center or near the boathouse on Big Lake. The trail makes for a quick option with little elevation change throughout its route. Views of Big Lake are a highlight along the southwest section.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
2.80 miles
loop
Difficulty:
moderate hike
Blaze:
Orange Circles

Sycamore Trail
Location: Behind Crabtree Creek Shelter #1.

Description:

The park’s longest hiking trail at 7.2 miles. The trail begins behind shelter one located at the Crabtree Creek entrance. From there, a spur runs parallel to Sycamore Road and connects to the loop. Access is also available from the multi-use trail parking lot at the end of Sycamore Road. The trail follows Sycamore Creek for much of the loop. Both are named for the tree growing in North Carolina’s bottomland forests.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
7.20 miles
loop
Difficulty:
moderate hike
Blaze:
Blue Triangle

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Upcoming Events:

Friday, November 27, 2020 - 2:00pm
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 8:00am