Take a Hike at Umstead State Park

In Do, October 2015 by Gina StephensLeave a Comment

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Want a nice country hike? No reason to leave Raleigh, instead drive just a couple of miles down U.S. 70 West and take a hike at Umstead State Park.

Explore more than 5,500 acres—the sheer volume of pristine land really is one of Raleigh’s best-kept secrets. If you haven’t been, stop by the visitor center and get a map. There’s a lot to see and do at Umstead State Park.
Sycamore Trail
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 7.6 miles
Time: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly • Dog Friendly. This trailhead is also located behind the visitor center farther down the road behind the parking lot.
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Sal’s Branch Trail
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 2.7 miles
Time: Normally about 1 hour or less Family Friendly • Dog Friendly.The Sal’s Branch trailhead is located directly behind the visitor center. You’ll find a scenic man-made lake about halfway through the hike.
10 - Pott's Branch Dam
If you follow the loop counterclockwise and take a right turn when you first descend down to Sycamore Creek, you’ll see the remains of an old dam and may be able to get to Sycamore Lake (if the water isn’t too high). It’s a very pretty area and quiet because it’s not on any of the official trails. The rocks in this area can be very slippery even when dry. Be careful. It’s also possible to combine this trail with the Company Mill Trail for a nice 10-12 mile hike.

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