The Umstead Coalition
Dedicated to the appreciation, use, and preservation of the William B. Umstead State Park and the Richland Creek natural area

2018 Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Mark Your calendars:  (registration will open in January)

Information:  Walk_Run_Bike

Register: REGISTER - 2018 Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead (1st 75 registrants get free gift from Great Outdoor Provision Co!)

Volunteer: VOLUNTEER - 2018 Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead. Volunteer for Prep (March 24, April 6,7,14,15,16,17,18,19,20) and/or event day April 21

SPECIAL FREE GIFT: The 1st 75 to advance register will receive FREE gift from Great Outdoor Provision Co . 

4-mile race results for the 2017, 2016 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010 Run/Walk are posted (click below):

Umstead 4-mile race results


Protect Umstead State Park from a new Quarry - Save the Trails!!

Continue to reach out to your elected officials and RDU Airport Board members.

We are pleased to report that the RDU-Airport Authority (RDU-AA) is pursuing a lease with Wake County for bike/ped trails in 2 parcels known as "286 East).  This was announced at their October 19th meeting. 

Thanks for all those who attend this Saturday's Nov 4, 10am "Celebrating a Step Forward" on Old Reedy Creek Road.  Big thanks to Wake County Commissioners who are moving forward to lease "286 East" to expand Lake Crabtree County Park!

However, a new quarry next to Umstead State Park still looms on the draft Airport Layout Plan (ALP) submitted to the FAA for the Odd Fellows Tract.  Here is what YOU can do to help:

Action 1: Sign on-line petition in support of RDU Forest:  RDU Forest Petition

Action 2:
Email/call and let the RDU President/CEO and Board members you want the Odd Fellows Tract protected.   Recreation is GOOD.  Quarry is BAD:

Michael Landguth, President/CEO  919-840-7700

Farad Ali <>

Larry Zucchino <>

John Kane <>

Sepi Saidi <>

Rob Teer <>


RDU Airport – PLEASE help STOP A QUARRY and help us move our solution forward

Here are more details on the Solution we are advocating: The Solution.pdf

YOU HELP IS NEEDED NOW to communicate the value of preserving these tracts for recreation and natural resource protection. Please write your local representatives (city, county, state) and and ask them to pass a resolution supporting following:

  • The RDU Airport Authority should accept The Conservation Fund offer to purchase the Odd Fellows tract (RFP Parcel 1, Solution Tract B).  The offer is Fair Market value and the FAA has confirmed in writing that the airport CAN sell this land for a park.
  • The RDU Airport Authority should accept an offer by Wake County to lease lands for recreational trail use (RFP Parcel 1&2; Solution Tract B) .
  • The community strongly OPPOSES a new industrial quarry on the Odd Fellows tract.  This quarry would destroy amazingly stunning and environmentally sensitive lands lands adjacent to Umstead State Park and Crabtree Creek


How to find your NC legislators:



Upcoming Events 

Upcoming events and Service Projects, Click on Event listed below for information. To register, scroll to bottom of any event information page and click on "Register."

2018 Calendars!!

Available at:

  • Park Visitor Center
  • Great Outdoor Provision Company (Cameron Village)


Bikeway along I-40 does not receive FY19 funding, but FY20 funding hopeful

Disappointingly, the Triangle I-40 bikeway did not make NCDOT's FY19 funding.  However, it remains a priority project for Wake County.  Wake County plans to resubmit for FY20 funding.  And, Wake County will continue to plan it's routing.

And, it has come a long way due to your tremendous public input!  Starting as a  concept on a map, it now is on the Regional and Statewide project list for strong consideration of planning and funding.

This bikeway along I-40 will connect the Trenton Road Greenway to RDU Forest and Davis Drive (RTP- Triangle Park Center).  More information: Triangle I-40 Bikeway


We're working on the 2018 T-shirt.  This year's theme: Mushrooms in William B. Umstead State Park. More information as we develop the design:  2018 T-shirt

(above, graphic on t-shirt front and back)

2017 T-shirts available at Park Visitor Center!

2017 T-shirt features the stunning Monarch Butterfly graphic by Kristen Hall.  The t-shirt is an Anvil 4.5oz soft cotton in color "Caribbean Blue."  There is a long sleeve option in Gildan color Sapphire, 6oz cotton.



RDU Forest Notes:

Triangle Business Poll Favors Park over Quarry

After the RDU AA meeting today (12/Oct/17) about the land lease proposals on RDU Forest, the Triangle Business Journal (TBJ) stated a poll with a simple question, use the land for a quarry or park expansion. Results were overwhelming FOR park expansion:

2,870 voted:  97% wanted Park expansion; 3% quarry
The Umstead Coalition is dedicated to the appreciation, use, and preservation of the William B. Umstead State Park and the Richland Creek Natural Area.
The Umstead Coalition, PO Box 10654, Raleigh, NC  27605 (919) 852-2268   
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