Sycamore Trail is a 7.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Morrisville, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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.

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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 located on the northern side (highway 70 entrance) of the park. This is a very popular park and can be very busy on pretty days. This is a good woods walk. No overlooks and no great mountainous expansions but, given that the park bumps up right against Raleigh, it's a great place to get away from the traffic. The trail rambles around on the northern side of the park, and is lightly populated with people except on weekends. You might get lucky and see a snake or two, and maybe a deer, but otherwise there isn't a whole lot of wildlife on this one. There is a visitor center but be advised that their supplies are limited. Go during fall for some great colors. Go during rain for seclusion.

William B. Umstead State Park 8801 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27617 (919) 571-4170 Emergencies after 5PM: (919) 218-9106 william.umstead@ncparks.gov

The Crabtree Creek section is located 10 miles northwest of Raleigh off US 70. The park visitor's center and camping facilities are located in this section. From I-40, turn northeast on I-540 and take the US 70 exit. Travel southeast on US 70, and turn right on Umstead Parkway, which leads to the park office and visitor's center.

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Jackie Gass
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Good hike. Some minor up and down. Some nice looks at the creeks. Trail was a little muddy after last week's rain. Overall a good escape from the world.

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Pavel Moroz
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Christopher Boyce
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sarah quirk
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Wilson Collins
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Great walk but not too much scenery

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Evonne McArthur
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Erin Campbell
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Nice trail. A little too close to the roads in this part

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Rob DeGaetano
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Excellent trail for a daytime walk or trail run.

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Nora Harrington
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Trail can be crowed on the weekends. There is still a bridge out, but the detour is well marked. Moderate is a fair assessment.

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Alayna Moore
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Awesome trail! Well maintained

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Megan McClaugherty
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Mike Boykin
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Derick Hall
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Stacey Mangum
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Great trail...easy moderate.

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Christopher Boyce
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Patrick Stone
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Beautiful weather, great trail, moderate difficulty is accurate. Great afternoon hike!

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Christy Claypoole
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Beautiful wooded scenery with occasional creek side vistas to enjoy. Lots of roots and steep at times for a novice like me but I love the challenge. The rest of the crew I was with had no problems with the hills.

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Rachel B
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As of November 4, there was a bridge that was closed. The park did have signs stating how to detour the closed bridge, but one area it looked like the sign must’ve fallen for the direction I was walking. I would suggest hiking shoes as my running shoes gave me blisters by the end of the walk from having to walk over tree roots and tripping over some!

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Natalie Henderson
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Traci Vaccaro
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Amy Lovato
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More travelled than my usual hike of Company Mill Loop. Difficulty about the same, though this one is a little longer.

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Rob Lucas
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Krystal Skarvelis
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Chris S
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Becky Depuy
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Paul Miles
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Debbie Debbie Redmond
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Logan Erin Khid
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So this hike was more like 10 miles.

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Bob Pasko
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Nice easy walk through the woods. Not too crowded.

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Shannon Pashby
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