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

Native Plant Sale

Saturday, April 30, 10am-noon

Where: Parking lot at Reedy Creek Park entrance (accessed from Harrison Avenue) 

Native Plants for sale include (these are great pollinator plants!):

  • obedient plant 
  • New England aster 
  • aromatic aster 
  • swamp milkweed 
  • swamp sunflower 
  • black & blue salvia 
  • beautyberry 
  • purple hyacinth bean

Prices are great -- only  $3 to $10 !!  

Note:  you can also purchase T-shirts (this year's and previous years), coasters and magnets celebrating 100 years of NC State Parks. 

100% of sale proceeds will go directly to help William B. Umstead State Park.

2016 Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead

Thanks to all for a great event!

We raised $17,000.  100% of funds raised go to directly help
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


These are on sale at Visitor Center.

2016 T-shirt features the stunning belted kingfisher.  The bird is on the back, the "I love William B. Umstead State Park is a small printing on the front). 

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. Some sizes in youth and long sleeve are a different color and fabric.


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:



RDU Airport Land Use Planning

The next public workshops are:

More infor:

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.



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.


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."

04/30/2016 10:00 AM (EDT) • William B. Umstead State Park
05/07/2016 10:00 AM (EDT) • William B. Umstead State Park

Celebration 100 Years of NC State Park!


Forested Rain Garden Construction is in progress!

Harrison Ave (Reedy Creek Section) parking lot

What awesome volunteers we had!

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 is converting 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.

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


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!!

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!

2016 Calendars
Available at:
Visitor Center, William B. Umstead State Park (now $5)
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!




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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