Sal's Branch Trail

EASY 56 reviews

Sal's Branch Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Raleigh, NC that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.6 miles 257 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

canoeing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Sal's Branch Trail is an easy 2.8 mile loop trail located on the northeastern side of Umstead State Park near Raleigh, NC. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Sal's Branch can be accessed via several parking areas, Big Lake, the Campground Spur or from the Visitor Center. The trail offers a gently rolling stroll through pines and hardwoods and numerous drainage streams near Big Lake. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. 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.

hiking
5 days ago

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

hiking
13 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Great to have in "Raleigh's backyard"

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Quick easy hike that goes right up to the lake

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy trail.

hiking
3 months ago

A fun and leisurely hike, even for a New Year's day after a decent rainfall.

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5 months ago

My first experience. I was hesitant. Battery running low on GPS map made me turn and head back sooner than I wanted to. I'll return. Very soon!

5 months ago

Serene. Beautiful.

6 months ago

7 months ago

good easy hike

hiking
8 months ago

The map for this trail shows the Sal's Branch trail of the many trail options in Umstead. Good for mountain biking, hiking, and even horses, Umstead has a lot to offer in Raleigh and Cary. Elevation change, woods, streams, lakes, wildlife, and more. For hiking, Sal's Branch, Sycamore and Company Mill are the best, for mountain biking, Cedar Ridge and North Turkey trails will offer the most challenge and Graylyn has an awesome downhill. Definitely worth checking out.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful and easy hike

8 months ago

Perfect for an easy chill hike in the morning. Should be easy for all age groups.