Explore the most popular historic site trails near Raleigh with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

One of my favorite places to walk. The new NCMA Park is beautifully designed and welcoming. Plenty of paths/trails to walk on even when it’s busy. And you get to look at art for free! Only issue right now is that there are no restrooms outside, so when the museum is closed there are no restrooms in the park. Hopefully that will be fixed soon.

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8 days ago

Good moderate hike for varied ages and dogs. Well marked, well traveled, and very beautiful.

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10 days ago

I went with my mom and dog I loved it

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11 days ago

I took my son and my dog, it was a lot of fun to hike. It was also pretty scenery, especially hiking next to the creek. It was a good 6.3 miles starting at the Reedy Creek entrance parking lot and doing the entire company mill loop - very fun!

22 days ago

Well marked trail. It pumps your heart rate up for a good work out. Pretty scenery and peaceful. Make sure you take your time to admire the creeks, and bridges.

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!

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1 month ago

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

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1 month 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.

Everything you could want. Awesome art indoors and out and trails! Loved this place.

hiking
1 month ago

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

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2 months ago

Walked this trail with my family. What an amazing place. The art is beautiful and the trails are very easy. Would suggest this place for anybody with a love of art or nature.

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
3 months ago

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

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4 months ago

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

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.

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5 months ago

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

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5 months ago

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

It’s just too cool to wander this place.

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.

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6 months ago

Great trail! Very scenic!.

on Company Mill Loop

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7 months ago

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

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7 months ago

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

Good walking trail mostly paved, lots of interesting things to see.

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.

This a place that has expanded significantly in the last decade. While it is an easy paved walk predominantly, it is the most interesting & charming city trail in Raleigh.

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