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Umstead State Park

#6 of 152 things to do in Raleigh Features Animals
8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617-7501
+1 919-571-4170
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Campground is a mixed bag

I camped here in August and the campground is fairly well-kept in a nice wooded area. However, I... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Chattanooga, Tennessee
great trails

We come here quite often to ride on the multi use trails. They have miles and miles of them here... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
robert w
Orlando, Florida
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Sandwiched between downtown Raleigh and the airport, this oasis of green features a stand of 300+ year-old hardwood trees, more than 32 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, camp sites and lots more for nature lovers.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good29%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617-7501
+1 919-571-4170
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I camped here in August and the campground is fairly well-kept in a nice wooded area. However, I was very unimpressed with the campground bathroom/shower facilities. The fixtures were, IMO, a hodge-podge of odd, stained, and cheap designs, with mildew, dampness, and bugs throughout. Urinals...More

Thank cspan37421
Reviewed 6 days ago

We come here quite often to ride on the multi use trails. They have miles and miles of them here. You can also drive in and hike, there is quite an extensive amount of nice hiking trails. The woods here are very scenic and shady,...More

Thank robert w
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Umstead state park is a hidden gem in the busy triangle area. If it's too,hot to hike then take a scenic drive there and visit the lake and visitor/exhibit center.

Thank gatortunor
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

We were exploring as a family of fun different things to do. We hiked several trails with a good amount of picnic tables around and grills if you must grill. The lake is beautiful with many small trails to take you off the beaten path....More

Thank andy96gov
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

This is one of the best Parks in raleigh if you are looking for something other than a playground. Park has nature center run by fantastic park rangers that are helpful and highly knowledgeable. There are boat rentals kayaks canoeing and fishing both from the...More

Thank Philip V
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Umstead State Park is an extremely well-maintained state park. The park has numerous hiking paths from easy to difficult. All the paths are well marked and easy to follow. My wife, dog and I spent 2 days hiking the paths and had a great time.

Thank Joe B
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We love hiking in Umstead Park, spend time at the river and balance on the rocks while crossing it. Great place for kids, parents, athletes, dogs ...you name.

Thank Ute B
Reviewed 9 July 2017

It is hard to believe that such a large natural state park is located between the state's capital and a major airport. This park is wonderful for a short visit to picnic or a longer visit to hike or mountain bike. It is easy to...More

2  Thank bee20152015
Reviewed 22 June 2017

great spot just outside the city. very peaceful and quiet. great for nature lovers ! we loved it !! super quiet and lush nature.

Thank Phil F
Reviewed 13 June 2017

Great place to get away from the city and enter a country setting. Great place to bring a bag lunch and eat among nature

Thank Ira H
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22 February 2017|
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Response from FlyingSolo15 | Reviewed this property |
Not that I'm aware of.
5 January 2017|
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Response from debbiekubiet1 | Reviewed this property |
Access the park off Glenwood Avenue (Route 70) which is the NW part of the park. There is a parking lot as well as a ranger station. Enjoy this trail as it runs along Sycamore creek.
24 October 2015|
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Response from 211DanB23 | Reviewed this property |
They have rentals. Private boats not allowed...