William B. Umstead State Park

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Park Rule: On Leash
Restroom: No
Park Size: Large
Small Dog Area: No
Fee: None
Description

William B. Umstead State Park is one of the most pawsome places to take your pup for a walk in Raleigh. At a whopping 5600 acres, it's beyond huge. There's always something new to discover in this special place. As you walk through the deep woods and along the waters of Umstead Park, you'll feel like you're miles away from any city, even though you're still in the city limits of Raleigh. Many local folks can drive to the park in fifteen minutes or less.

Some people come to Umstead Park for boating and fishing, but its most popular feature is its trail system, which includes multi-use trails open to cyclists and equestrians, as well as trails for hikers only. Dogs are welcome on all of the park's trails as long as they're on a leash. Remember to bring your own waste bags to clean up after your pup, and a bowl to fill at the various water fountains in the park.

Of the 35 miles of trails in Umstead Park, 22 are dedicated hiking trails and 13 are multi-use. The Company Mill, Sal's Branch, and Sycamore Trails are the park's longer and more popular trails. The Company Mill Trail is a moderate six-mile loop through the park's wooded heart. Sal's Branch is a moderate three-mile loop that passes along the shores of Big Lake. The seven-mile Sycamore Trail crosses Sal's Branch and follows streams east before looping back. If you're looking for a faster walk, you can choose one of many shorter spur and standalone trails between one-half and one mile long. As you come back and get more familiar with the park, you can make up your own route, as many of the trails intersect.

If you and your dog want to escape to the woods and get lost in nature's beauty, there's no better place to come than Umstead Park.

Address
8801 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27617
Hours
Mon 7:00 AM - Sunset
Tue 7:00 AM - Sunset
Wed 7:00 AM - Sunset
Thu 7:00 AM - Sunset
Fri 7:00 AM - Sunset
Sat 7:00 AM - Sunset
Sun 7:00 AM - Sunset
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Address
8801 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27617
Hours
Mon 7:00 AM - Sunset
Tue 7:00 AM - Sunset
Wed 7:00 AM - Sunset
Thu 7:00 AM - Sunset
Fri 7:00 AM - Sunset
Sat 7:00 AM - Sunset
Sun 7:00 AM - Sunset