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

RDU Airport Land Use Planning

Aviation alternatives and Land Use "Concepts" presented at June 28th Public meeting has been posted at:

You can make comments to the RDU Airport by clicking the "Comments" tab at the dark blue banner at the top of page.

The land use concepts do NOT represent our suggestion to take advantage of one of the greatest opportunities this region has:  to have a vibrant and connected forested recreational corridor from Lake Crabtree County Park, along Old Reedy Creek Road to William B. Umstead State Park.

PLEASE make your comments heard !!

The Umstead Coalition current position:  We support the maintenance and enhancement of a substantial trail system along the Old Reedy Creek Road and greenway corridor connecting the Black Creek Greenway trail to William B. Umstead State Park's Reedy Creek Trail. The Umstead Coalition supports enhancing the economic vitality that this recreation and forested corridor brings to the community.

We are not in favor of a runway closer to William B. Umstead State Park due to increase aircraft noise.  However, moving the General Aviation runway such that it does direct aircraft over the Park may have some advantages.

Please let us know your suggestions as we participate in the RDU Airport Authority Master Planning process, learn more and can offer informed recommendations.



Sycamore Mess Hall Restoration

Thanks to all who made our May 30 Celebration event a success.  We're very proud of the work our volunteers have accomplished in coordination with our amazing Umstead State Park staff!

We will continue to have Service Work Days.  Check our Event Calendar on the upper right - it's routinely updated with new events.


Forested Rain Garden and Butterfly Gardens at

Harrison Ave (Reedy Creek Section) parking lot

What awesome volunteers we've had! Thanks!

This project has converted 2 of the medians at the Harrison Ave parking lot to bioretention areas that will treat the runoff from the entire 1 acre parking lot -- thereby reducing sediment, nutrients, water peak volumes, and temperatures in storm water runoff.  In addition, we have an innovative design that will allow for shade trees to be planted in the medians.

Native plants that provide food for migrating Monarch butterflies have been planted in two new butterfly gardens adjacent to the walkway near the bathrooms.

The parking lot medians will be closed to foot traffic during and after construction (to enable healthy plant growth and water quality/quantity treatment).

The generous supporters of this huge project include individual donors and:

  • Triangle Community Foundation's Support for Places: Environmental Conservation Public Benefit program grant
  • Wells Fargo Community Grant
  • Wake Stone Quarry
  • Great Outdoor Provision Company
  • Raleigh, Ski & Outing Club
  • Dragonfly Pond Works
  • NC State University - Biological and Agricultural Department
  • NC Cooperative Extension Service - Wake County

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."

07/27/2016 10:00 AM (EDT) • William B. Umstead State Park
09/09/2016 10:00 AM (EDT) • William B. Umstead State Park
09/10/2016 10:00 AM (EDT) • William B. Umstead State Park

Mark your calendars --

2017 Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Information:  Walk_Run_Bike

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

Umstead 4-mile race results


T-shirts are on sale at Visitor Center.

2016 T-shirt features the stunning belted kingfisher.    

The belted kingfisher's habitat is along streams and lakes in our Park.  It nests in banks.  It makes a loud dry rattle. The female has an additional rusty breastband.

The t-shirt is an amazing fabric.  Color "Willow"  (a darkish green). Style is Authentic brand, pigment XtraFine T-shirt.  It's 5oz 100% combed ringspun cotton and it so SO soft!  Double-needle stitching throughout, Garment-dyed in the USA for a soft, lived-in feel. Youth style is 5.6oz. 

Celebration 100 Years of NC State Parks!

Thanks for your BOND support!!
All 40 NC State Parks will now receive needed funding, including $1.725 million for William B. Umstead State Park!!

UNC-TV Special- Saving the Best:  North Carolina State Parks at 100 aired as a celebration of the 100 year anniversary of NC State Parks and is a tribute to the men and women who work and volunteer in our parks, as well as the 15 million visitors who use our parks each year. Watch carefully and you will see a LOT of Umstead State Park footage!  You can now stream the show on-line:


Stories in Stone by Tom Weber

Available at:

William B. Umstead State Park Visitor Center, off US 70 (donation of $20 to The Umstead Coalition) (sold by The Umstead Coalition)

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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