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William B. Umstead State Park, NC

A Raleigh local favorite!

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    A Raleigh local favorite!

    Special Interest: BikingHikingRunningSports - WaterWalking

    William B. Umstead State Park (Raleigh, NC) is a huge 5,439-acre urban park with a creek and lake. Visitors go here to go hiking, biking, running, boating, and paddle boarding. It’s a great local weekend park for those that love to workout with their dogs.

    Trails here are easy to moderate. Some trail favorites include 1) Reedy Creek Multiuse Trail – This trail is used by hikers, bikers and runners. 2) Sal’s Branch Trail – This trail is a 2.7 mile wilderness adventure. 3) Some others to check out: Company Mill Trail (rocky, more challenging 5.8 miles), Loblolly Trail (running), Graylyn Multiuse Trail (hikers, bikers, and horses) and Sycamore Trail (one of the longest at 7.2 miles). Dogs must be on leash.

    If you are interested in camping, there are 2 primitive campgrounds that must be reserved in advance or by calling 877-722-6762.  camping is open from March 15 to December 15, available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are 3 large group campsites for youth groups and non-profits. Dogs are not allowed on boats, in buildings, or at group campsites.


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    Location: Raleigh, NC | Wake County | North Carolina
    Activities: Hiking, Walking, Paddle Boarding, Sports – Water, Running, Biking

    Items Needed: 6 Foot Leash, Poop Bags, Water, Paw Protection, Cooling Vest, Sun Protection, Booties or Paw Protection, Appropriate Gear For Your Intended Activity

    Safety: Please consult your vet before hiking with your dog, especially if you have a puppy or a dog that is not fully vaccinated. It's best not to go when it is too cold or hot. Dogs should never be left unattended at a campsite. Follow park guidlines and policies at all times.

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