hiking

forest

dogs on leash

wildlife

trail running

kid friendly

river

walking

birding

mountain biking

wild flowers

camping

lake

views

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.

trail running
2 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

mountain biking
9 days ago

Nice quick warm up trail. Too many hikers on here though! I like the loop adjacent to the lake with the old grilling installations from the forties!

mountain biking
9 days ago

Great short, scenic place to test out your new forks! Good flowing trail with few obstacles, a bit sterile.
I like to imagine how it was to live here many years ago.

mountain biking
9 days ago

Great ride to finish off the day, highly recommend ride it at the entrance closest to Lake Crabtree, to your right. You can get some great speed on the way down to the creek and historic Company Mill site. Take a moment to check it out, then grind out a medium uphill grunt followed by a rocky downhill back to the fire road.

trail running
11 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

16 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Short but informative. The rocks were unique.

Nice walk by the creek, but to much noise from construction and loud humans.

Nice stroll to the lake and we'll mantained.

hiking
18 days ago

Definitely the longest hiking trail in Umstead. Some very scenic creeks and streams run past the trail. Quite a few birds, squirrels, and lizards will accompany you on your trek. Multiple trails intersect cross paths should you wish to change course. In order to stay on the trail, look for blue triangles that mark the trees. Lightly trafficked. Dog-friendly (leashed) with some trail runners. Sycamore Creek offers the hiker a gorgeous sight. Many knotted paths and elevation changes keep the trail exciting. There is quite a bit of straight trail before the loop begins.

hiking
18 days ago

A wonderful, moderate hiking trail with some elevation changes. The scenery of the creeks and streams made the hike very relaxing. Lightly trafficked, a handful of people. Dog-friendly (must be leashed), some trail running possible. Pretty clearly marked; look for orange squares staked into trees to point the direction should you get lost. A fair amount of knotted roots make for staircases in the case of elevation climbs. Might be the best overall trail in the Umstead Park.