Looking for a great trail in William B. Umstead State Park, North Carolina? AllTrails has 21 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 11 moderate trails in William B. Umstead State Park ranging from 3.7 to 15.1 miles and from 344 to 465 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

easy gravel trail. clearly marked and wide. lots of bikers. liked the river at the end

hiking
rocky
3 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail! A bit of everything for a moderate hike. Fairly busy, scenic nearly throughout, with a low hum of highway traffic noise pollution. Dog loved it!

Short and easy loop trail to walk. We did take an unmarked trail to the lake but it's not very scenic. Loud air traffic noise pollution was probably the most disappointing on this trail - being so close to RDU cannot go unnoticed.

It’s next to the RDU airport so the plane traffic is very loud and totally drowns out all other noises

muddy
4 days ago

hiking
muddy
4 days ago

Couldn’t find the wood carving but great hike.

on Sycamore Trail Loop

hiking
muddy
11 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

Quicker easy trail. Trail marking could be better when near the visitor center.

hiking
muddy
11 days ago

Good trail for a quick hike. Not really a lot to see but you walk along the water for a little bit and thats nice. Would not recommend running on this trail, there was a lot of foot traffic and rocks/tree roots.

hiking
17 days ago

I really liked this one!!

hiking
muddy
18 days ago

Great walk!

hiking
18 days ago

Great trail. Full of runners and dogs on a Sunday afternoon.

on Sycamore Trail

18 days ago

Awesome trail! Hiked it in January and it was perfect!

hiking
muddy
18 days ago

Nice casual hike on a brisk day. Not too interesting with great views or anything, but nice to get outside still.

hiking
flooded
muddy
19 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

Fantastic trail. Very well marked and pleasant to walk

Pretty standard walk in the woods with some trees and stuff. Insanely crowded... kind of rough experience because of that

hiking
rocky
23 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

A bit busy the Saturday after Christmas at noon with great weather, but that was to be expected. Great hike, probably more on the easy-to-moderate side with lots of ups and downs but nothing too bad. Nice people! Quite a few runners and sometimes the trail gets skinny, so be sure to move over for them!

on Company Mill Loop

hiking
26 days ago

Great loop hike! We went clockwise and enjoyed hiking along the creek. The forested ridges were great too. We got there when the park opened and missed most of the crowd.

Poorly signposted at miles 2 and 9, trail goes cold and end up in undergrowth. I had to improvise to get back on track. Otherwise this is a nice hike.

i liked it a lot. it was a challenge for a beginner like me but not too challenging. the views in the woods were nice but my dogs and i had enough of the rockiness after awhile and enjoyed the gravel trail. we even saw some horses at the end and my dogs were super fascinated! made an enjoyable ending.

hiking
26 days ago

Great shape. Nice easy stroll on a quiet winter morning.

hiking
rocky
26 days ago

Nice hike with plenty of inclines and declines and long enough to get a workout.

running
over grown
1 month ago

found this route challenging for trail running. the route wasn't clearly marked which meant I had to use navigation on an ongoing basis. I was running in late December which didn't help either as there was significant overgrowth and dried leaves. I took falls a couple of times and tripped several times :(

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