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

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 2015-2016 Calendars Only $10

16 month calendar
September 2015-December 2016

Available at:

Visitor Center, William B. Umstead State Park
Great Outdoor Provision Company - Cameron Village
Quail Ridge Book store

Capture the Spirit of William B. Umstead State Park 

2016 Photo Calendar - cover

The calendar includes Park hours for each month, when the family campground is open, when the boat house on Big Lake is open, phases of the moon, major holidays, and more. 

Congratulations to all the photo contest winners!

Winning photos are on exhibit at the Park's Visitor Center's auditorium.  You can also see the on our website at: 2015 Photo Contest winners 

Sales of the calendar support William B. Umstead State Park!


RDU Airport Land Use Planning

The RDU Airport has begun an 18-month land use planning study.   Information:

The process will include the detailing of current inventory, aviation forecasts, future facility needs, alternative developments and their evaluation, and implementation plan.  

The Umstead Coalition is a member of the appointed Policy Advisory Committee for this process. 

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.

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



2015 Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead

Thanks to all for a great event!

We raised $18,000.  100% of funds raised go to directly help
William B. Umstead State Park!

Mark your calendars --

2016 Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead

Saturday, April 15, 2016

Information:  Walk_Run_Bike

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

Umstead 4-mile race results





2015 T-shirt features the magnificent red-tailed hawk.  The hawk is on the back, the "I love William B. Umstead State Park is a small printing on the front). 
If you missed getting yours at this year's Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead, you're in luck -- they are now on sale at the Park's Visitor Center.
The t-shirt is an amazing fabric.  Color "Bay"  (a slate blue). 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.   

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."

12/05/2015 9:00 AM • Loblolly Trail Head off of Edwards Mill Road near Arena, Raleigh

Forested Rain Garden Construction will start (weather dependent) on November 30

Harrison Ave (Reedy Creek Section) parking lot

We are excited to announce we received grant funding from the Triangle Community Foundation and Wells Fargo.  Along with donations from Great Outdoor Provision Company, Wake Stone Quarry, Raleigh Ski & Outing Club and individuals to the Umstead Coalition, we met our fund-raising goal for this project.

This project will convert 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.

During the entire construction time periods, the parking lot will remain OPEN.  And all facilities at this entrance will be OPEN.  However, parking in the far half of the parking lot will be restricted and expect noise during the first 2 weeks of construction.

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

To save money, we are going to use volunteers to lay the the river rock lined top slopes -- likely December 8 (perhaps Dec 9 or 10). 

We will have volunteer days for the vegetation planting -- stay tuned and watch for event postings.

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

NC State University - Biological and Agricultural Department

NC Cooperative Extension Service - Wake County

We'll update our web site with details as we get closer to construction. 


NC Bond Proposal Has $1.725 Million for Umstead State Park !!

Thanks for everyone's support in contacting your legislatures -- because of YOU and the help of Friends of State Parks the Senators went from $0 to $75 Million for NC State Parks in this bond and the House passed the revised version.  All NC State Parks have projects, but the funding level was decreased from the requested total of $100 million.

Most importantly, we MUST get this bond passed - it will with the voters in March 2016.

The ratified bill:

In addition, the passed budget funded the Parks and Recreational Trust Fund.  No Park staff positions were lost (as was in some earlier budget versions). The legislature also include a provision that prevents NC State Parks from charging parking or entrance fees!

The budget also allows for 'dynamic pricing' meaning that the NC Division of Parks and Recreation (NC State Parks) has the ability to use market pricing strategies (e.g., charge less in non-peak times for a campsite or more for a lakefront campsite as compared to a third row).

The bill that proposed to transfer land from Umstead State Park to the RDU airport (for development) failed -- again, thanks for everyone's help getting that terrible idea defeated!!

Please join The Umstead Coalition and Friends of State Parks in thanking our NC Representatives and Senators for their vision to help NC State Parks!


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.



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)

Great Outdoor Provision Company:Cameron Village, Raleigh, NC and 1800 East Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC (out of stock)

Quail Ridge Books & Music, Wade Avenue, Raleigh, NC

REI:: North Hills, Raleigh, NC (out of stock)

The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth Street, Durham, NC (one in stock)

McIntyre's Books, Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, NC (out of stock)

Flyleaf Books 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC (out of stock) (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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