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

Support for RDU Forest and Trail Center

We'd like to share our RDU Forest Trail Center Concept maps recommendations to provide a great Tourist Destination and a community asset. 

Concept maps: Concept Maps_RDU Forest 8-9-17.pdf

Concept portfolio document, highlighting case for the RDU Forest Trial Center: RDU Forest Enhancement Concepts.pdf

Logos of support organizations (PLEASE help us ADD to these!): RDU Forest support Logos June 2018.pdf

Powerpoint highlighting case for the RDU Forest Trail Center: Sierra Club-Capital Group July 19 2018 ppt 3.pdf


Dwayne Patterson named Director, NC State Parks

Thanks to Carol Tingley, Deputy Director

The Umstead Coalition looks forward to working with Mr. Patterson with various exciting opportunities for William B. Umstead State Park and the entire NC State Park system. 

More information: News

We also extend heartfelt gratitude to the great work and leadership that Carol Tingley provided as Interim Director, and provides as Deputy Director.

Umstead State Park Exchange of Land will improve US 70 entrance and enable additional lands for Umstead State Park

Press Release and Details:

News and Observer Article April 24, 2018:

The Umstead Coalition is in FULL support of the transfer of lands and funds to improve the entrance at US70, as well as securing funds for much needed Park lands that are contiguous to our Park. We have requested Conditional Uses on the rezoning request that prohibit commercial heavy truck usage on the land across US70. We have also requested vegetative buffers along US70. 

This is the perfect opportunity for Umstead and the RDU Airport to work together.  We can use these funds to help provide RDU with funds and purchase the critical Odd Fellows Tract from the RDU Airport.


2019 Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Mark your calendars!

4-Mile Race Results are posted:

Umstead 4-mile race results

This years T-shirt is spectacular!  Super soft, quick dry material. This year's theme: Mushrooms in William B. Umstead State Park. If you missed the event, they will be on sale at the Visitor Center in a few days.


You will LOVE the fabric.  50% cotton, 50% polyester, and very soft!

2018 T-shirt features the photos of mushroom taken by Geoff Balme within 300 feet of the Park Visitor Center!  The short sleeve adult unisex and youth t-shirt are a Bella-Canvas 4.2oz, 52 percent combed ringspun cotton; 48% polyester.  Color Heather Forest.  There is a long sleeve option in Gildan Dry Blend 50% cotton/50% polyester, color Forest Green. 


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."

10/06/2018 9:00 AM • Loblolly Trail Head off of Edwards Mill Road near Arena, Raleigh
12/08/2018 9:00 AM • Loblolly Trail Head off of Edwards Mill Road near Arena, Raleigh

Help Fund Solar Panels for the Umstead State Park Visitor Center

Information and  GoFundMe at:

2019 Calendars!!

Available for just $10 at:

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




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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