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Tucked between the growing cities of Raleigh, Cary, Durham and the corporate world of Research Triangle Park is an oasis of tranquility, a peaceful havenWilliam B. Umstead State Park. Here, two worlds merge as the sounds of civilization give way to the unhurried rhythm of nature. Highways fade in the distance as trees, flowers, birds and streams form a more natural community. William B. Umstead is a place to escape the pressures of everyday life, a place to picnic in the pines, to wait for a fish to bite, to take a hike or horseback ride on trails through the woods. Divided into two sections, Crabtree Creek and Reedy Creek, this 5,579-acre park is easily accessible from Interstate 40 and US 70. Visit William B. Umstead State Park and enjoy this region of wilderness at the city's doorstep.

Nice trail. So crowded. Counted the number of times the two college students in front of us said "like". Probably be a really nice hike mid week. More of an exercise trail than a hiking trail. At least on the weekends.

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3 days ago

Trails were flat and easy to follow but it is quite noisy from the nearby airport.

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11 days ago

A bit crowded, but a lovely fall walk with our dog.

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17 days ago

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1 month ago

Nice easy hike. Perfect for my dog, pretty scenery with the lake!

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1 month ago

Great to have in "Raleigh's backyard"

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2 months ago

Brought the dog with us and had a great time. If you bring a dog BRING WATER! There are some little streams for them to drink but not enough, especially for the older dogs. The elevation changes are enough to be a moderate challenge but nothing crazy. Trail has lots of roots to trip on so watch your ankles. I'd suggest hiking boots, although we hiked it in regular running shoes. Not too hot, as entire trail is shaded. Lots of other hikers and dogs on the trail so if your pup isn't fond of other dogs it may not be a great idea considering the trail is very narrow at certain points. Took us a over 2 hours, and that was going at a slow pace once puppy started getting worn out last mile or two. Definitely a worthwhile hike- fun and not too strenuous at all.

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2 months ago

Easy trail, a found spot under a tree and read.

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2 months ago

Quick easy hike that goes right up to the lake

Beautiful forest, trails were easy to follow and clearly marked. Disappointed by the noise from the nearby international airport.

2 months ago