Amongst the hustle and bustle of city life, it can be challenging to find a refuge or place that still has a wilderness atmosphere. William B. Umstead Park has been sojourned by many people, but it still possesses that wildness. It is tucked away amidst the growing cities of Raleigh, Cary, and Durham. The park encompasses 5,579 acres. The spaciousness provides a sanctuary for beavers, deer, and a multitude of bird species.
Some of the scenic views look more like framed pictures than standing there in real life. Specifically this photo I captured had that whimsical feel.
There are three man-made lakes. Big Lake is made available for canoe rides. My family went back for a second time to experience the canoeing. We were able to rent a three seat canoe for $5. We took turns since there were four of us riding. The payment includes an hour of riding and it is $3 for each additional hour, but believe me when I say an hour is more than enough! Your arms will tell you when the time is up.
Hope this entry has made you want to add William B. Umstead State Park to you list of state parks to visit.
Learn more about the park here: http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/wium/main.php