Explore the most popular nature trips trails in William B. Umstead State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great day for a hike, went down Company Mill Spur from the Harrison entrance to Umstead, crossed the bridge and started the loop counterclockwise. Took the 1 mile shortcut via the Reedy Creek crushed gravel multi-use trail and rejoined the Company Mill at the top of the big hill, where there are nice benches near a historic graveyard for water, a snack and a quick rest. Nice trail for trailrunners, dog walkers, and children, seems a bit crowded on the weekends. Upon the return went over to the dam area and spotted a 5 foot long water snake sunning on a rock. Although I've been on this trail many times, there always seems to see something new to see on this trail, one of if not the most popular trail in Umstead State Park.

Beautiful spot. So near the airport but rarely heard planes. Lots of wildlife to be seen and heard. The loop was moderate as advertised. It was a welcome diversion after work!

hiking
10 days ago

Great spot to take the pups. Had tons of fun playing in the river and he got to see some squirrels as well!

hiking
14 days ago

Best 82 year birthday present ever from hiking buddy James. First time around loop counterclockwise. Back part along Sycamore Creek was a challenge. Recharged on downhill stroll back to iron bridge then huffed and puffed back up to parking lot. Thanks to all for such a treasure!

Really good workout, tackled this from the Harrison Road entrance, starting at the far end of the first parking lot to the left. Down hill to Crabtree Creek, then went clockwise up Company Mill trail to the stone bridge on the Graylyn trail, and crossed over to take the Sycamore Loop counter-clockwise and back to the bridge and back out Company Mill. Lots of trail runners, people walking their dogs, quite a bit of traffic. Came across about a six foot black snake. Trail has some good rolling ups and downs, offers a great sampling of Umstead Park.

Nice short hike, this is half of the Sycamore Trail through the woods and along the creek and is cut in half by the Graylyn multiuse trail. The Sycamore trail is a great sampling of all Umstead has to offer and Graylyn can be used by mountain bikes, hikers and horses, mostly made up of crushed and loose gravel. What gave this a four today was the wonderful wood carving at the top of the Graylyn hill. Nice surprise. About 3 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

Love this trail!! Well marked and great for dogs.

cool chainsaw art on giant fallen tree on graylyn trail about 1 mile from parking lot

Whoopsie...wrong trail :) Go the extra mile for the full loop. It’s worth it!

Good trail - truly moderate, light traffic on a Tuesday afternoon.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail, lots of friendly faces, and good for beginners

hiking
3 months ago

Kiosk and Warren Family graveyard on Reedy Creek Road. Misses the best part of the trail but cuts off about a mile.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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

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.

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
6 months ago

Great trail! Very scenic!.

on Company Mill Loop

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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

For a city park, it is a varied and interesting hike. Does at least have some variable grades & challenges. But lots of traffic with eroded roots & rocks.

hiking
7 months ago

An easy hike with a good view of some creeks and a good trail. A few too many people on the day I went.

hiking
7 months ago

I have been hiking this trail since I was a kid! Still love it!!

hiking
8 months ago

Good hike and well kept but not very scenic. Solid workout though.

backpacking
9 months ago

Spending time hanging at the Old Mill was cool! There are large stones there that get your imagination going especially when you notice some of the smooth straight cuts in the solid stone. There no way mankind made these specific cuts. This trail has a lot of water all the way around.

hiking
9 months ago

This was a beautiful hike and I highly recommend it! We were greeted by two deer as we entered the park, a box turtle on our path and a blue heron about half way through. The path offers lovely opportunities to sit by the water and you really feel as though you are far removed from everything!

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike. Saw lots of mushrooms, birds and frogs very challenging hike and very well marked. Light traffic today but have seen some heavier traffic days.

hiking
10 months ago

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

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