Sycamore Trail is a 6.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Raleigh, NC that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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.
dogs on leash
Sycamore Trail is located near Raleigh, North Carolina. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 2-3 hours. The Sycamore Trail is located in William B. Umstead State Park. The trailhead is located on the northern side (highway 70 entrance) of the park. This is a very popular park and can be very busy on pretty days. This is a good woods walk. No overlooks and no great mountainous expansions but, given that the park bumps up right against Raleigh, it's a great place to get away from the traffic. The trail rambles around on the northern side of the park, and is lightly populated with people except on weekends. You might get lucky and see a snake or two, and maybe a deer, but otherwise there isn't a whole lot of wildlife on this one. Go during fall for some great colors. Go during rain for seclusion.
It's a nice long hike for the area. Nothing too special but it gets you out into the woods without having to travel far.
Nice hike through an old growth forest. You can find the trail head at the end of the paved road which goes past the visitor center (which has bathrooms). If you want a longer hike, you can also add on the Company Mill trail which is just across a stream at the farthest part of the hike. Makes for a nice 12+ mile hike. A fair number of runners on these trails.
My wife and I did the loop but not the stem. We got to the lop via one of the "bridal trails" from Ebenezer church rd. Very pretty. Lots. Of water. A few hikers and runners , but just right for a Saturday morning. Had to cross the creek on a large log to avoid wet shoes. Good adventure. I preferred mill creek. Not sure why.
Always one of my favorite home turf hikes. Some nice hills and good workout. A few good places to go off trail and add to the loop around old campgrounds.
One of my favorite local trails. Generally takes me around 3 hours or so, including a brief break at the stone bridge that is also the crossover point to the Company Mill Trail. Occasionally I will combine the Sycamore Trail with the Company Mill Trail for an all day hike that is approximately 13 miles total.
The park is beautiful in July! even if somewhat warm. The high was 86 degrees on this day. We saw a large black snake crossing the trail in front of us, it seemed sluggish due to the heat.
Sycamore Trail is my favorite trail in Umstead State Park. It's not as popular as Company Mill, so not as many people on the trail, but just as scenic. The stretch of the loop that follows Sycamore Creek is particularly nice, especially after a good rain when the creek is really flowing. There is a connector trail to connect with Company Mill Trail by the Sycamore Creek Bridge to make a longer figure-8 loop.
Walked this trail today. 7.6 miles from car and back but tracker could have been off. About 2.5 hours total. Maybe 20 people total out in trail. Solid hike - moderate is accurate. You'll get a workout but no section is bad enough to feel strenuous. If you do the loop counterclockwise is a bit easier due to switchbacks to get to creek.