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Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Trail Length: 20 miles

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5 reviews

added on 2/29/08 by mudhunny

From I-40, exit at Harrison Blvd. and follow the signs to Umstead State park. Trail maps available in the parking area.

Great place for trail running with tons of miles of trails. I prefer the wide gravel road: not too technical, super soft surface, and somewhat shaded. Some of the hiking trails can be rooty, watch your step! Lots of people exercising here early on Saturday mornings in the summer.


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Guest on 4/6/11
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Review: I have run every foot of trail in Umstead and can honestly say it is a great destination place to run, unless you want to run over 20 miles on strictly single track. 16 miles of single track plus 20 miles of fine gravel "bridle trails", about fireroad width. Single track trails are rugged and hilly with plenty of roots and rocks. Bridle trails provide great race training opportunities, and are where most of the Umstead Marathon is run, as well as the Ultra run.

You can't go wrong in Umstead!

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Smokey on 5/28/09
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Review: It's a good run, perfect for anybody within the Raleigh area. You don't have to drive long distances to find decent trails.

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Chris Barber on 5/28/09
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Review: This has everything you need in a trail run except the climbs and decents that I like to have to keep my body guessing. Huge parking lot but can get pretty full on the weekends and on nice days. Plenty of shade to keep you out of the sun. Park closes at 9 pm.

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runner1 on 5/6/09
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Review: Umstead has TONS of trail running options from wide, crushed gravel paths to rooty, technical singletrack hiking trails. Stick to the singletrack if you want to avoid the mountain bikers and equestrians.

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