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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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At peace with nature

Nice nature area to go for a walk, horseback trails, canoeing or just for a picnic. Nice area for... read more

Reviewed 29 December 2015
Thomas K
Raleigh, North Carolina
Amazing camping experience

This was our first camping experience ...! The place is easily accessible from Raleigh or RTP or... read more

Reviewed 28 December 2015
Chinmay P
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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 29 December 2015

Nice nature area to go for a walk, horseback trails, canoeing or just for a picnic. Nice area for the kids to play and has bathroom facilities.

Thank Thomas K
Reviewed 28 December 2015

This was our first camping experience ...! The place is easily accessible from Raleigh or RTP or Cary area ... closeby but in the nature ...perfect for car camping... it was pure fun ..

1  Thank Chinmay P
Reviewed 28 December 2015

My husband and I love hiking the trails in this park. They have trails take 30 min to hike or take all day (one time we hiked for 7.5 hours) if you like. Awesome place!

Thank Qi H
Reviewed 24 December 2015

Great trails. Easy to do with young children. So peaceful. Great escape for a morning or afternoon hike and picnic.

Thank michele w
Reviewed 15 December 2015

We didn't find much to do when we visited. We did enjoy a walk into the woods and brought a picnic along. I'm sure it's great if you enjoy mountain biking, but not really for us.

Thank Andrea B
Reviewed 15 December 2015

Umstead Park is such a peaceful location right in Raleigh! There are lots of trails and so many beautiful spots for taking photos.

Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 11 December 2015 via mobile

Sometimes I need to escape city life, and be in the woods. This park has tons of wide open spaces, many trails, great place to chill out.

Thank mark z
Reviewed 5 December 2015

Umstead Park is nowadays a peaceful haven for all to enjoy, however it has a divided history, literally. Originally, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries generations of local families worked the land unsuccessfully or worked for the Mill which was established there in the 1800's?...More

Thank Susan L
Reviewed 30 November 2015

I've seen a bit of everything at this park- horse riding, mountain biking ambling, trekking, foot races... I'm a huge fan of the trails and celebrate that the known distance are listed and each trail is marked well. Plenty of hills challenge me and even...More

Thank Wunrundun
Reviewed 12 November 2015

Numerous trails, winding along creeks, lakes, up hills, down hills, nice wide sections if you want to bike, soft-packed surfaces if you want to run, camping available, picnic areas, at least one cemetery with old folks (south side). There are other features that I haven't...More

Thank Discodeath
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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...