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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Sycamore Mess Hall Restoration Celebration

Saturday, May 30


Learn about the restoration effort to bring the historic Sycamore Group Camp and Mess Hall back into life after 30 years of non-use. Built during the Depression by the Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA), the Sycamore Mess Hall first opened to the Public in 1937.

We will have the Hillsborough-based Phillips Phamily Band playing blue grass music.  We will also have conversations with folks that have stayed at Sycamore in their youth. They will tell us what it was like and how it impacted their lives.

Also, please consider helping with restoration work days on May 16, May 20, May 23, and May 27.

FREE event. Registration helps us with planning for parking and food.  Information or to Register:




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!

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 Photo Contest

Last year's photo contest was such a popular success, we've opened up the 2nd annual contest. 

The 2014 winning photos are on display at the Park Visitor Center.  They can also on our web site at: 
2014 Photo Contest
Also, the 2015 Photo Calendars featuring the winning photos can be purchased at the Park Visitor Center for a reduced price of $5.
2015 Photo Calendar

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."

05/30/2015 12:30 PM • Sycamore Mess Hall (Glenwood Ave Park Entrance, follow signs to Sycamore Multi-use Trail Head)
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). 
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.   
NC Senate Bill 486 Proposes to Swap Lands between Umstead State Park and RDU Airport, May 20 2015
Senate Bill 486, Version 5-20-15: s486v2 transfer of Park land proposed May 20, 2015.pdf    
Key issues include:
  • Taking of State Park land that is not consistent with the Park Master Plan, nor any public input planning process
  • Current single-track trails of Rocky Road and 286 are not included
  • RDU would be able to develop as close as 200 feet from Reedy Creek Trail along the trail section from the Airport overlook to almost Park gate on Old Reedy Creed Road
  • Conversion of existing State Park land to other uses without Master Planning and public input
  • Loss of our forested land on north side of Glenwood Ave
  • Creation of another Trust Fund that will add increased fees at 39 State Parks that will benefit the other 1 State Park
  • Proposed reliance on Park admission fees to fund this new Trust Fund (and those fees won't event be used in the State Parks for which they would be collected!)
  • Excludes trails from environmental regulations related to trail construction, maintenance and removal

To find your House or Senate member, you can do so at the link below:

Senate Bill 486 sponsors from Wake County:

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

McIntyre's Books, Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, NC (hard back only)

Flyleaf Books 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC (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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