Sycamore Trail

MODERATE 84 reviews

Sycamore Trail is a 6.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Raleigh, 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.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
721 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

canoeing

fishing

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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. Go during fall for some great colors. Go during rain for seclusion.

12 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

Trail tougher than company mill even though the elevation isn't the issue. More tree roots, unsteady trails requiring more concentration. Nice hike, though.

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19 days ago

really pretty. you can't bike on this trail.

walking
20 days ago

20 days ago

Depends on what time of day you go. But it looks amazing when it's really bright and hot outside! Trail is easy enough to run as well if you choose too. And long enough that you still see people using the trekking poles and big packs occasionally. I personally enjoy loading up my backpack and walk it if iam with people not running, if I am by myself I would just do a hydration pack and run it.

25 days ago

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trail running
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hiking
1 month ago

Definitely the longest hiking trail in Umstead. Some very scenic creeks and streams run past the trail. Quite a few birds, squirrels, and lizards will accompany you on your trek. Multiple trails intersect cross paths should you wish to change course. In order to stay on the trail, look for blue triangles that mark the trees. Lightly trafficked. Dog-friendly (leashed) with some trail runners. Sycamore Creek offers the hiker a gorgeous sight. Many knotted paths and elevation changes keep the trail exciting. There is quite a bit of straight trail before the loop begins.

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I leave the kids behind for this one. This is a great trail to escape the crowd in the middle of the city.

hiking
2 months ago

Very good trail

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3 months ago