Sal's Branch Trail

EASY 178 reviews

Sal's Branch Trail is a 2.6 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 activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
187 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

paddle sports

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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. Sal's Branch can be accessed via several parking areas, Big Lake, the Campground Spur or from the Visitor Center. The trail offers a gently rolling stroll through pines and hardwoods and numerous drainage streams near Big Lake. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. 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
11 days ago

Nice, easy hike! Trail was quiet, weather was awesome! A great place to walk around.

hiking
1 month ago

lovely on a fall day! easy wooded trail

backpacking
4 months ago

Refreshing easy trail with even terrain through a good forest. I backpacked to the camp ground & took Sal's Trail on the way back down which finishes at a lake.

trail running
4 months ago

Good for a quick walk or run in the woods

hiking
6 months ago

Saw doe and two fawns. Lovely little root-filled trail that is built for a good walk with some minor elevation.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy hike with the pup. Even on a hot day the trail was quite busy.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail for a short hike. Not strenuous but still more interesting than a paved trail. No wildlife sightings but a nice quiet morning hike.

8 months ago

Nice stroll to the lake and we'll mantained.

hiking
9 months ago

Perfect lunch hike.

9 months ago

Great hike!!

10 months ago

Great easy trail for the whole family. Nice to have the change in elevations to get a great workout and enjoy the scenery.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Great trial

hiking
Sunday, December 04, 2016

Trails were flat and easy to follow but it is quite noisy from the nearby airport.

hiking
Saturday, November 26, 2016

A bit crowded, but a lovely fall walk with our dog.

hiking
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Nice easy hike. Perfect for my dog, pretty scenery with the lake!

hiking
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Great to have in "Raleigh's backyard"

hiking
Saturday, October 01, 2016

Easy trail, a found spot under a tree and read.

hiking
Sunday, September 25, 2016

Quick easy hike that goes right up to the lake

hiking
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Beautiful forest, trails were easy to follow and clearly marked. Disappointed by the noise from the nearby international airport.

hiking
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Nice easy trail.

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