Umstead State Park

2.67 out of 5
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↑ 1,500 ft
↓ 1,500 ft
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About this trail
Most of the riding at Lake Umstead is for Beginner to Intermediate mountain bikers. The trails are shared with horses, so please yield to them if you're on a bicycle. The trails are pretty fast and can be as long as you want. You can even ride out to the airport or to Lake Crabtree.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (21)

Bunny Hop

May 17, 2018
eddttt Bunny Hop  
Review: Roads only. There are plenty of very nice trails but bikes aren't allowed on any of them. Nice, forest roads are too sandy & gravely for road bikes but I still wouldn't think of riding these roads as 'mountain biking'.

Bunny Hop

August 22, 2017
Lizwarlick Bunny Hop  
Review: awesome spot for long endurance rides and getting those hills in. Be careful on the areas that say "slow down".. you can get going and slide into a ditch

Bunny Hop

March 21, 2016
Review: No single track here. Only fire roads. The climbs are steeper than anywhere else in the area, so if you are looking for an intense workout, this is a fun place.

Granny Gear

February 29, 2016
hercfixer1 Granny Gear  
Review: Been to this trail many times and enjoy it thouroughly. I take my 4 young children so that they can learn trail etiquette although some people forget they had to learn. Received some odd looks and my better half was verbally assaulted in the parking lost. I have been out of the saddle a while with multiple knee and back surgeries and have to say the turkey hill portion kicked my butt. Overall a enjoyable experience and a great place for the family to ride.

June 9, 2015
Review: If you are on the gravel road, you missed the singletrack. There are probably 10 miles of it through the woods on either side of you when you are riding toward the airport. That section is referred to locally as 286 and is not spoken of very much due to the fact that there are trespassing signs which keep most from riding it. There seems to be a don't ask, don't tell policy on trail use between the riders and the Airport Authority. I have been riding here for the last 3 seasons regularly with no issues (not to say that it absolves me from bending the law a tad).

There are some great technical sections , especially along the Rocky Road trail, that will push the available travel in your forks. The locals maintain the trails and you will see active re-routing when sections become too worn as well as bridges, jumps and berms all by the riders for the riders. That coupled with several stream crossings and goat climbs = a great, easy to get to trail tucked right in the middle of the Raleigh/Cary city limits. I rarely run across more that 1 or 2 riders when I go btu everyone seems to know where the trail is. Most of the parked traffic is for the gravel run and I doubt that many of those riders know about our little 286. Take US 40 to the Harrison exit then turn right onto Westin Parkway. Another right at Old Reedy Creek Rd. will get you to the park entrance. Park after crossing over US 40 and look to your left for 4 trailheads. 3 of them are pretty close to the overpass bridge and the last is about 1/4 mile down the gravel road by a large oak where there is a pull off for parking. The trails are not marked in any easy to understand way so pay attention. I got lost on my first visit and ended up riding almost 12 miles before I found my way back to the car.

I have ridden in quite a few states and this has become one of my favorite haunts (less Asheville and SoCal). Do yourself a favor and and give this trail a fair shot.

I would like to leave more detail but I have to go ride now...

Similar Trail: Crabtree if it had roots, rocks and logs.


May 31, 2015
JTDavis Gramcounter  
Review: Wasn't impressed and honestly let down, the trails are essentially gravel roads with washed out hills. The state site boasts one of few state park trails but lacks any delivery Hike only trails are the ones that actually go through the woods and trees but bikes are permitted to use them. If you want to get some fast non challenging (except for the uphills) miles in this will be the place to do it.

Similar Trail: Greenways


November 4, 2014
Irongrave Trailblazer  
Review: First and foremost its not single track. It very well maintained bridle trails. I road there for the TORC Gravel Grind race recently. That is what the trail is best used for, getting in training miles on a cross or gravel grinder bike. It can also be used as a way to connect the greenway with the singletrack in Crabtree.


September 12, 2014
Theo D Gramcounter  
Review: I encountered 2 kinds of riding at the park. You can stick to the gravel double track and have a mostly smooth, but sometimes grueling hill climbing ride, or you can dip into the woods on a single track that cuts the middle of the park. The single track trail is rooty, rocky, and pretty tricky at points. This trail is for advanced and ballsy intermediate riders. Bring a map or a gps with track back because once you start mixing the single and double track trails you can get a little lost. Spend a couple hours and it is good for a 1000 cal ride.

Bunny Hop

August 3, 2014
Review: Anyone who says this is just a gravel road missed the obvious single track that cuts through. It's about 3/4 mile off the multi use trailhead parking lot after the restrooms. I just did it and it took about 30 min. Sweated my ass off. Just a hilly, rooty, rocky good time. Nothing a beginner couldn't handle on a MTB.

Bunny Hop

May 18, 2014
Review: It's a gravel road. You could drive a Lexus on this "trail" and have a smooth ride. Maybe a family fun ride at best. It's a big loop with some long climbs good for cardio. That's it. Umstead would be so much better if they let us ride all the hiking trails we pass on the road. It's not an MTB experience at all.

Umstead State Park MTB Trail 2.67 out of 5 based on 21 ratings. 21 user reviews.
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