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An inviting trail at William B. Umstead State Park
Status of park water fountains   

The water fountain at the Trenton Road Gate will be turned off until further notice for needed repairs. There is a water spigot adjacent to the fountain that can be used to fill water bottles or pet bowls. 
The water fountain at the Multi-Use Trailhead may seem to be stuck in the 'on' position, but pressing the button again will turn off the flow. 
The water fountain at Reedy Creek Shelter #2 has been repaired and is operational again.

 

 Last updated on: Wednesday, July 6, 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. 

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: Friday, May 27, 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

 


 

 

 

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