"William B. Umstead State Park" William B Umstead State Park by jmpncsu

An Urban Oasis

William B. Umstead State Park is a state park nestled within the bustling Triangle area between Raleigh, Cary, and RDU airport. Despite the park's urban location, it is a great natural oasis in an urban setting. The park was originally used by Native Americans until European settlement. The land that is now Umstead park was farmland until the 1930s, when in 1934, the federal government bought up depleted farmland for conservation. The remnants of old farms and homesteads can still be seen throughout the park. Perhaps the most famous is the millstone on Company Mill Trail. Other signs include old root cellars and cemeteries. One way to spot an old homestead is the presence of daffodils in spring. These non-native flowers were planted by the old residents of the land and continue to grow back each year. The state initially purchased this area, originally named the Crabtree Creek Recreation Area for $1 and additional facilities were built when the General Assembly first appropriated funds for state parks in the 1940s. In 1950, 1,000 acres were established for a separate park for African-Americans, called Reedy Creek State Park. Crabtree Creek Recreation Area was renamed after William Bradley Umstead, a former NC governor, for his conservation efforts, and in 1966 the two areas were united and desegregated under the William B. Umstead State Park name, and both areas were open to all visitors.

  • Last visit to William B Umstead State Park: Nov 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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