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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.

While it may be heavily used and lacking maintenance, it is a good trail to get you out there and into the woods.

Well trafficked, but that’s ok as the loop takes you deep in the woods. Great views of the creek at the mill and “picnic rock”. I like doing the loop counter clockwise, going against the main traffic allows for more private periods. Most hikers don’t do the entire loop so you get the back 1/3 to yourself.

trail running
22 days ago

Tough trail run. Always makes you want to come back for more

hiking
27 days ago

nice, easy walk. trail a little muddy and slick around the water areas.

hiking
28 days ago

Trail was slick due to snow and mud. Lots of people on the trail though.

Yep. It’s a beautiful forest walk, trail run.

WB Umstead park is a gem in the triangle. The Company Mill trail is well maintained natural trails BUT it doesn’t feel man made. Great walk through the woods with creek and small rapids along the way...sneak a little off the trail to find some great little pools. Push hard and it’s a good hike-loop.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice, easy hike! Trail was quiet, weather was awesome! A great place to walk around.

hiking
1 month 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.

Hill Training!

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
1 month ago

Great trail! Very scenic!.

hiking
2 months ago

quiet on a beautiful dec. day. I was scared by 9 mile description, but I did the 3 miles to park boundary for a 6.1 hike. The utility trail at 2.2 is good place to turn around if don't want to do rougher and hillier last mile. The trail must go another 2 miles in the Schenck forest.

hiking
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

on Company Mill Loop

hiking
2 months ago

One of my very favorite at Umstead. The dogs love it too!!

hiking
2 months ago

nice distance,wooded trail, easy to moderate. yes facilities at Harrison entrance.

hiking
2 months ago

lovely on a fall day! easy wooded trail

Was great and great weather too

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