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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.

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

Having explored the other Umstead trails, I wanted to tackle this one. Really a mirror image of the Sycamore Trail.

trail running
7 days ago

Super hot and muggy after work run. Barely made it back to the car at 8:55pm before the gate closes at 9pm. Days are shorter now and it's getting dark by 8pm. It was hard running in the dark even with my headlamp and phone's flashlight. The blazes/markers on the trees are tiny and are spaced too far apart while you're focusing not to tumble on the roots. One water crossing is a bit up with the rain, but still manageable with careful rock-hopping on the left side. Still a fun run!!!

hiking
11 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

on Company Mill Loop

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

The trailhead is marked wrong, and there's no trail along the west side of the lake, only overgrown vegetation that we had to hike through for more than an hour. The marked trails are nice, but the loop marked here is nonexistent.