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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.
Point of Interest:
Length:
1.30 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
Orange Diamonds
Orange diamond blaze marks Pott's Branch trail.
Surface: Natural surface
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.
Point of Interest: Big Lake
Length:
2.80 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
Orange Circles
Trail marker on Sal's Branch trail.
Surface: Natural surface
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.
Point of Interest:
Length:
7.20 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
Blue Triangle
Creek along Sycamore trail.
Surface: Natural surface
Contact:

William B. Umstead State Park

8801 Glenwood Avenue
RaleighNC 27617
Phone919-571-4170
Our Email william.umstead@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 35.890500
Longitude: -78.750200

Park Hours:

The gate at the Crabtree Creek entrance will open at 7am daily as part of a pilot program to allow early access to the trails system. From March 15th through December 1st, the family campground gate will remain open an additional hour after the park closes so those campers have access in and out the park during that time. 

Crabtree Creek Entrance:
November-February: 7am - 6pm
March, April, September, October: 7am - 8pm
May - August: 7am - 9pm
Closed Christmas Day

Reedy Creek Entrance:
November - February: 8:00am - 6pm
March, April, September, October: 8:00am - 8pm
May - August: 8:00am - 9pm
Closed Christmas Day

William B. Umstead main park gates are closed and locked promptly at posted closing time. No entry or exit is permitted after this time except for law enforcement or medical emergencies.

Park Office/Visitor Center
8am - 5pm
Closed Christmas Day

Exhibit Hall
Located in the Visitor Center
January - December, 9am - 4:30pm
Closed Christmas Day

Tent and Trailer Family Campground
Season of Operation: March 15th - December 1st