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Umstead State Park North Carolina

Submitted By: runbananas on 12 Sep 2008

Latitude: 35.880668
Longitude: -78.758544
Currently two main parking areas (see http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/wium/access.php for discussion on making a third main entrance).

The Crabtree Creek section is located 10 miles northwest of Raleigh off US 70. The park visitors center and camping facilities are located in this section. From I-40, turn northeast on I-540 and take the US 70 exit. Travel southeast on US 70, and turn right on Umstead Parkway, which leads to the park office and visitor's center.

The entrance to the Reedy Creek section is 11 miles west of Raleigh off I-40. From I-40, take the Harrison Avenue exit and travel northeast into the park.

In addition, parks entrances with limited or no parking include:
-Reedy Creek Rd (I-40 to Wade Avenue to Edwards Mill Rd North, turn left onto Reedy Creek Rd) -- accessible from Raleigh Greenway System
-Graylyn Rd (US-70 to Ebenezer Church Rd, Graylyn Rd is at the sharp turn in the Rd)
-Old Reedy Creek Rd (I-40 to Harrison Rd Exit, go South, turn right onto Weston Pkwy, turn right onto Old Reedy Creek Rd) -- accessible from Cary Greenway System
-Ebenezer Church Rd (multiple access points along the Rd, no parking) -- future connection to Raleigh Greenway System


There are no points within 15 miles of this point.

Camping - (0)

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Camping: Tent/Trailer camping: Stay a while and take time to enjoy the park. The tent/trailer campground is open Thursday from 8:00 a.m. through Monday, 1:00 p.m. (check out time), March 15 to December 15. Twenty-eight campsites, well-shaded by a hardwood forest, offer picnic tables and grills. Hookups are not available, but drinking water and restrooms with showers are centrally located. The campsites are available on a first-come basis for a modest fee.

Primitive group camping: Two primitive campgrounds are open year round for organizations and nonprofit groups that want a more rugged camping experience. Reservations are required for use of these campgrounds.

The youth tent camp offers tent sites, a pit privy, fire ring, two picnic tables and running water. The camp accommodates up to 25 people.

Maple Hill Lodge is also available for groups. Facilities include a fireplace, drinking water, fire ring, picnic tables and restrooms. The lodge houses up to 25 people.

Group camping: Two group camps-Camp Crabtree and Camp Lapihio - are available to youth groups and nonprofit organizations. Each camp includes a mess hall, dining area, and washhouses. Located in the heart of the woodlands, each camp offers ample opportunity to explore the wonders of nature. Swimming in Sycamore lake is a popular group activity. Groups are responsible for providing swimming supervision and water safety.

Group camps are open April through October and may be rented daily in spring and fall or weekly during the summer. Accommodating between 27 and 120 people, an entire camp may be rented or a unit of cabins may be rented. Fees vary accordingly. A minimum of 10 people is required to rent a group camp or unit. Reservations for the group camps must be made in writing. Contact the park office to obtain reservation forms and fee information.

Camping related forms and permits are available from the Forms & Permits link on the Park Menu to the left.

Hiking & Backpacking - (0)

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Hiking: 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.

Horseback - (0)

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Bridle Trails: For people who prefer horseback, approximately 13 miles of bridle trails travel through some of the most scenic and secluded parts of the park. Signs mark the equestrian trails. Horses are restricted to these trails and are not permitted in other areas of the park, including hiking trails. Bridle trailhead 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 prior to riding on the multiuse trails.

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Cycling: William B. Umstead State Park is one of the few state parks offering trails for bicycling. The mountain-bike trails follow the same roads as the bridle trails and are entered at the same points. Bike trailhead parking is also available down Sycamore Road past Maple Hill Lodge. Mountain bikes are prohibited on the hiking trails.

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