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Umstead State Park

#6 of 151 things to do in Raleigh Features Animals
8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617-7501
+1 919-571-4170
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great spot just outside the city. very peaceful and quiet. great for nature lovers ! we loved it... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Phil F
Miami Beach, Florida
Great place to get away

Great place to get away from the city and enter a country setting. Great place to bring a bag lunch... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ira H
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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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“reedy creek” (8 reviews)
8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617-7501
+1 919-571-4170
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spend a day in the forest and rejuvenate your soul! There are so many facets of Umstead, the Cary or the Glenwood entrance- both are great and offer majestic time under an umbrella of trees! The park offers easy hiking for beginners and long winding...More

1  Thank RaleighMama
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love going here, a nice park with trails and a good visitor center and lake. Trails are not usually overcrowded. Take a break from all the asphalt...

Thank signchris
Reviewed 24 May 2017

This is one of our absolute favorite spots in Raleigh year round. There are so many different level of hikes to do here. It is very pet friendly and we often cross paths with horseback riders. Great place for bike riding too!

Thank Smirkin
Reviewed 22 May 2017

We found the visitor center to be clean, informative and well made, with historical exhibits of the land's development. Park officials were helpful directing us to a hike we were looking for. The overall grounds are clean and clear for walking. The great lake is...More

Thank bmccandlish61
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

This is one of my favorite spots in Raleigh. I come here to run or wlj with my boyfriend. When my out of town family or friends come to visit...I like to take them here. They are always impressed with it. Over 100 miles of...More

Thank Karen C
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Heavily-treed; check for tics after a visit! Trails are in need of maintenance, but not horrible. Lots of area to traverse.

Thank travelnuts6
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Many trails with varying degrees of distance, difficulty, and terrain. Lots of parking. Trails are kept clear and are all well marked. You forget you're in a city!

Thank LizaDahmke
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

We love to take family walks here, sometimes stopping to skip stones in creeks. Easy picnicking, clean bathrooms, gorgeous woods!

Thank Lauren P
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Can you rent bikes?
22 February 2017|
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Response from TeamUSMC | Reviewed this property |
The Bike Chain is right by the Glenwood/70 entrance. They rent bikes. That would be your best option.
Where would I need to park to access the sycamore trail? Thanks!
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.
Is boating allowed?
24 October 2015|
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Response from 211DanB23 | Reviewed this property |
They have rentals. Private boats not allowed...