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

Exciting News!! 

The Conservation Fund has made an offer to Buy Land from RDU Airport for Umstead State Park!

An exciting, vibrant future has been proposed for a tract of non-aviation land currently owned by RDU airport. The Conservation Fund submitted a fair market offer of nearly $6.5 million to the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority to purchase a 105.46 acre parcel, known locally as the “Oddfellows” tract. The parcel of land sits between Wake County’s Lake Crabtree County Park and William B. Umstead State Park, and encompasses many miles of hiking and biking trails that are beloved by the community. The land would be preserved as an expansion of Umstead State Park, extending recreational trails and protecting a critical nexus of greenway connectivity in the Triangle Region.

The proposed purchase is a welcome alternative to a plan under consideration by RDU to lease the land for the construction of a new quarry. Construction of a new quarry would destroy the land and trails forever, while providing RDU only a modest short-term profit. The quarry plan has fervent community opposition, with close to 7,500 supporters signing a petition that opposes a new quarry and urges RDU to preserve the land as a forested recreational space.

 The Conservation Fund’s proposal to purchase the land for Umstead State Park is an opportunity for RDU to collaborate with the community to protect valued recreational land, while realizing revenue from land that is not needed for aviation use. The Conservation Fund and its partners are prepared to raise public and private funds to finance the purchase, and the Fund proposes to close the purchase on August 31, 2018. 

The offer letter: TCF_RDU_Offer_7-10-17.pdf

Please ask the RDU Airport to accept this offer:

Write N&O Letter to Editor:



RDU Airport Land Use Planning

Help Umstead State Park from Bad Airport Ideas

The RDU Airport is proposing to allow a new quarry next to our Park (between Old Reedy Creek Road and Crabtree Creak), as well as build office buildings and parking lots on what is now Lake Crabtree County Park and along the boundary of William B. Umstead State Park.  A tragic loss of single-track bike and pedestrian trails!

WE are offering a superior community vision that will assist the airport with revenue streams and enhance this corridor with a “RDU Forested Trail Center.”  (and, YES, the FAA allows this use on airport property). And, yes, it would entail revenue streams for the airport via leases to brewery, bike rental, outdoor retail, conference/meeting space, hotel, parking, cafĂ©, perhaps zip line, and more!

More information and what you can do to help:

Economic analysis supporting the RDU Forest Trail Center Concept: RDU Forest

Link to Federal Regs and legislation/Deeds: RDU Forest

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."

08/21/2017 12:00 PM • Reedy Creek Parking Lot, Umstead State Park (off Harrison Ave)
09/11/2017 9:30 AM • William B. Umstead State Park

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

T-shirts now available at Park Visitor Center!

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


Thanks to all for helping make this year's Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead a success!

2018 Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Mark Your calendars:  (registration will open in January)

Information:  Walk_Run_Bike

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
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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