William B. Umstead State Park is a North Carolina state park in Wake County, North Carolina in the United States. It covers 5,599acre nestled between the expanding cities of Raleigh, Cary, and Durham, North Carolina. It offers hiking, bridle, and bike trails, boat rentals, camping, picnic areas, and educational programs.Plan a Raleigh trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
Part of the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000 mile long system of trails connecting Maine to Florida, runs through the park.
Long before the first settlers, the area now known as William B. Umstead State Park was an untamed land. American Bison, elk, bobcats and wolves roamed forests of oak, hickory and beech. Native Americans later inhabited the land and avenues of trade were developed nearby. Such avenues included the Occoneeche trail to the north and the Pee Dee trail to the south. In 1774, land grants opened the area for settlement.
Forests were cleared as agricultural interests sprouted. While early farming efforts were successful, poor cultivation practices and one-crop production led to depletion and erosion of the soil. During the Depression, farmers made futile attempts to grow cotton in worn-out soil around Crabtree Creek.
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Beautiful Umstead State Park is beautiful, quiet and refreshing on a hot Raleigh day (don’t forget your bug-spray!) and full of fall splendor when that time comes. Biking, hiking and walking trails... more »
Umstead State Park is the perfect place to ride a bike, nature walk, fish, picnic or explore. Make sure to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. You might also want some insect repellent in the... more »
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