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#6 of 42 state parks in North Carolina

Best trails in William B. Umstead State Park

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Looking for a great trail in William B. Umstead State Park, North Carolina? AllTrails has 22 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 12 moderate trails in William B. Umstead State Park ranging from 3.7 to 21.6 miles and from 262 to 472 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in William B. Umstead State Park
Park information
Acreage:
5579 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Contact
(919) 571-4170
Helpful links
Top trails (22)
#1 - Company Mill Loop
William B. Umstead State Park
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 40 m
Peace within the city, exciting iron bridge, historic dam ruins The Company Mill Trail can be surprisingly tranquil for it proximity to the capitol city. Approximately 25 minutes into the hike CrabtShow more
#2 - Sal's Branch Trail
William B. Umstead State Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
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. SShow more
#3 - Sycamore Trail
William B. Umstead State Park
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 19 m
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 lShow more
#4 - Loblolly Trail
William B. Umstead State Park
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 3 h 35 m
Loblolly Trail is a 7.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Raleigh, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options andShow more
#5 - Reedy Creek and Loblolly Trail
William B. Umstead State Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 44 m
Reedy Creek and Loblolly Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Raleigh, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity opShow more
#6 - Company Mill Trail to Reedy Creek Trail Loop
William B. Umstead State Park
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
Company Mill Trail to Reedy Creek Trail Loop is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Raleigh, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number Show more
#7 - Sycamore and Graylyn Loop
William B. Umstead State Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
Sycamore and Graylyn Loop is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Raleigh, North Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activityShow more
#8 - Sycamore Trail Loop
William B. Umstead State Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 59 m
Trail has multiple entry points. There is a trailhead behind the multi-use trail parking lot at the end of Sycamore Road. The other trailhead is behind shelter located at the Crabtree Creek entrance. Show more
#9 - Cedar Ridge Trail Loop
William B. Umstead State Park
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 2 h 50 m
Cedar Ridge Trail Loop is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Raleigh, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, runniShow more
#10 - Pott's Branch Trail
William B. Umstead State Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 33 m
Pott's Branch Trail is a 1.3 mile easy loop trail located in the northeastern side of Umstead State Park near Raleigh, North Carolina accessed off Hwy US-70 that parallels a scenic stream/creek. The tShow more
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