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William B. Umstead State Park

Facts & Figures Address: Crabtree Creek Access and Visitor’s Center: 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617 Reedy Creek Access: 2100 N. Harrison Ave, Cary, NC 27513 County: Wake Size: 5,599 acres Hours: Open daily from 8:00am to 6:00pm Phone: (919) 571-4170 Website: https://www.ncparks.gov/william-b-umstead-state-park/home Management: North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of ParksContinue reading “William B. Umstead State Park”

Triangle Land Conservancy’s Bailey and Sarah Williamson Preserve

Facts & Figures Address: 4409 Mial Plantation Road, Raleigh, NC 27610 County: Wake and Johnston Size: 405 acres Hours: Open daily from 8:00am to 6:00pm Phone: (919) 908-8809 Websites: https://www.triangleland.org/explore/nature-preserves/williamson-preserve Management: Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC) Activities/Amenities: Hiking Mountain Biking Nature Exploration Photos Overview Opened in late September 2020, the Bailey and Sarah Williamson Preserve is theContinue reading “Triangle Land Conservancy’s Bailey and Sarah Williamson Preserve”

Lake Wheeler Park

Facts & Figures Address: 6404 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC 27603 Size: 800 acres (650 acres of lake, 150 acres of land and buffer) Opened: Constructed in 1956 with the aid of the Army Corps of Engineers Hours: Open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (closed on Mondays – October through March) Phone: (919)Continue reading “Lake Wheeler Park”

A Fall Family Hiking Tradition

As I recently mentioned on the Let’s Talk Parks podcast episode 2.16: Connecting Youth to the Outdoors with Dave Herpy and as I shared in my Fall Favorites Around the Triangle article last September 2019 in Carolina Parent Magazine, my favorite way to connect our children to the outdoors has always been hiking. With anContinue reading “A Fall Family Hiking Tradition”

Eno River State Park

Facts & Figures Address: 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, NC 27705 Counties: Durham, Orange Size: 4,312 acres Hours: Open daily from 7:30am to 9:30pm Phone: (919) 383-1686 Website: https://www.ncparks.gov/eno-river-state-park/home Management: North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of Parks & Recreation Activities/Amenities: Camping Hiking Paddling Fishing Picnicking Overview Located in Durham, North Carolina, EnoContinue reading “Eno River State Park”