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nice river which runs along the trail, went when the leaves were bare and it was beautiful.

hiking
18 days ago

I brought my dog here and it was a super easy walk but allowed her to get plenty of exercise! It would also be a great place to go running!

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent afternoon on the Trails - If you have never been here, and live within an hour of the park you are cheating yourself.
The trails is really an easy trail, and the hills are small and the terrain is forgiving...

For the most part the trail is well under a canopy of trees, and the breeze was consistent.
We lived in the Raleigh area years ago, and on a weekend getaway we decided to hit this park...
And so glad we decided to change plans and hit Umstead!

You will love all 11 miles - (We also took on Sal's Branch/Loop)
There is a trail here for everyone

Nice trail for a peaceful walk.

Pretty great! Lovely views of the lake and lots of beautiful trees around a river.
I really enjoy the hills in the unpaved section.
There was in fact quite a bit of foot traffic.

It’s just too cool to wander this place.

hiking
3 months ago

I like to combine this trail with the Company Mill trail for a nice 12 mile hike. I start at trail head. At the loop portion, I go right. At the Graylyn trail, I cross the bridge and pick up Company Mill. upon my return, I pick up the Sycamore trail where I left off, and complete it.

the first half was basically a road. it was very quiet for being so close to Raleigh. my kids (13, 10, 5, & 3) rocked it! the last mile was mostly uphill.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail! no summit views, but there is enough terrain that keeps it interesting! Pathway is mainly dirt, so a pups paws would be fine.

trail running
4 months ago

Great trail. Just enough rocks and roots to keep it interesting, especially in the late fall as the leaves make it tricky in spots. Well marked, no issues following the trails.

hiking
4 months ago

Good trail but very busy. It's nice and wide but wheelchairs may have difficulty with the second half as it's very steep. Elevation increase may only be 242ft but it does it up and down two or three times.

This trail feels more like a walk in the park than a hike. This trail does have a lot more natural terrain than the other loop. There are some nice views of the little lake. Not much incline or challenging areas, but a great place to escape for a little bit that's close to Downtown Raleigh.

Good walking trail mostly paved, lots of interesting things to see.

This a place that has expanded significantly in the last decade. While it is an easy paved walk predominantly, it is the most interesting & charming city trail in Raleigh.

Quick easy access for routine exercise, but usually busy & not particularly friendly crowd. Very much a city walk.

Convenient walking/exercise for quick access, but usually busy, sidewalk sidewalk experience in the woods.

walking
5 months ago

Great trail walk, lots of elevation changes. A little confusing in a couple areas on the unpaved side. Highly recommend.

This convenient botanical garden is just a short distance from the UNC campus and downtown Chapel Hill. I combined a pretty stroll through the series of gardens representing different aspects of southeastern flora along with a nice and easy hike on the surrounding nature trails. This was a great place to visit on a beautiful early fall day.

Super easy 3 mile loop. Love taking my pup out here for a great morning of exercise!

Very easygoing trail with a couple of inclines. Very busy though being near a college. Nice trail!

7 months ago

Great hike with my wife last weekend. Easy and well marked. We really enjoyed it.

backpacking
7 months ago

Be prepared for a little of everything on this trail. It has its inclines & declines. It has rocky, rooty (if that is a word) & smooth trails. It is cut through a large forest some you have loads of shade. Several places to to take a short break if you need one. There is water about 1/2 way in the loop.

trail running
7 months ago

I find it easiest to enter the loop to the right, down slick hill trail. If you cross the creek you can connect to concrete bridge road via hard climb road ...altogether a beautiful run!

This is a nice scenic walk. Perfect if you want to get in a quick walk or run. Great for dogs and strollers. The last sculptures are fun to look at but am surprised that the grounds aren't better maintained. Maybe that's do to the time of year?

Would be ideal for post brunch or after dinner date walk.

A great place for a quick nature walk and/or picnic in the park while observing the local artwork.

hiking
7 months ago

nice once you figure out the parking is on the main road, was really hard to find. after awhile the path narrowed and was a really nice scenic trail. would defenetly go back again!

on Lake Lynn Trail

8 months ago

Wonderful morning hike here last weekend. Early in the morning it is beautiful with only a few people, but later in the day it is very popular. Easy hike for all experience levels.

Paved roads that skirt the edge of the lake most of the way around. It's an easy walk (minus a half mile section of intense hills) that can be completed in about an hour. I love walking here with friends as a way to just get outside, and I also love taking the solo run around the trail, too. Great getaway in Raleigh.

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