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

Current Projects by The Umstead Coalition include:

Forested Rain Gardens / Bioretention Areas at the main parking lot at the Reedy Creek Park Entrance

We installed innovative stormwater BMP of forested bioretention cells (rain gardens) within a 210 space parking lot median at William B. Umstead State Park. The parking area that drains to the stormwater control measure is 1.3 acres, of which 1 acre is impervious. This project will result in several environmental and user benefits, including:  reduced runoff volume and intensity of stormwater runoff due to the infiltration into special soil media we will install in the medians.  The native trees and shrubs will provide much needed shade in the hot, steamy parking lot.  The shade will also reduce the thermal impact to the downgradiant streams. 

Additional Information:  Forested Rain Garden

Site location and Design Schematics

Butterfly wildflower gardens

We installed two butterfly wildflower gardens to provide habitat or “Monarch Way stations for migrating Monarch butterflies.  William B. Umstead State Park is the migration route of the Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus). 

Two small sites selected for the butterfly wildflower gardens are along the most popular walking route from the parking lot to the bathhouse and picnic areas. High visibility to the majority of visitors will enable encouragement to create Monarch butterfly habitat in their yards as well.

The installation of the Monarch butterfly gardens was concurrent with the forest rain garden installation and entirely installed by volunteers.


Cedar Ridge Mulit-use Trail Major Renovations

The Umstead Coalition has received a grant from the National Recreational Trails Program for a grant to facilitate a major reroute and renovation of the Cedar Ridge Mulit-use Trail.

Cedar Ridge Multi-Use Trail is a 1.4 mile long old gravel road trail within William B. Umstead State Park.  This project will be to upgrade Cedar Ridge Trail to current multi-use trail standards being used in the rest of the park.  One mile of trail will be improved by simple additions of grade reversals and rolling dips, water turnouts to minimize erosion, and granite screenings to the top surface.  This will reduce the slope on this trail section less than 10%.  There is a 0.4 mile section of trail that travels down a steep slope (20-30% slope) (the eastern sections of the trail). This section will benefit from adding a major reroute (3,850 feet of new trail) around steep peaks and allow for a much more gradual tread slope.  The new sections of trail should be constructed as a bench cut type trail to allow the trail to shed water and reduce erosion.  The trail reroute will decrease tread slope, improve drainage, improve surface, and provide for a more sustainable trail. The new rerouted trail will be 8-9’ wide with 4” compacted ABC base and 2” compacted screenings. 

We anticipate construction in the winter/early spring of 2018.  We have selected Native Trails, Inc to do the design and construction. We will utilize volunteers to help with trail renovations and reclaiming the abandoned trail sections. 

Sycamore Mess Hall Restoration

The Umstead Coalition has received grant funding from REI.  Along with other partners that include:  Great Outdoor Provision Company, NC Road Runners Club, and many volunteers, we are bringing this historic Mess Hall back to life after 30 years of non-use.   

Triangle I-40 Bikeway (along I-40)

The Triangle I-40 bikeway  will connect the Trenton Road Greenway to RDU Forest and Davis Drive (RTP- Triangle Park Center). This missing link would enable bike/ped connections from downtown Raleigh to RDU and RTP.  It will enable connections to many of the area's major greenways, including: Black Creek, Reedy Creek, House Creek, Rocky Branch, Walnut Creek, American Tobacco Trail, Crabtree Creek, and the Neuse Greenways.  In addition to the regional/national East Coast Greenway and NC 2 (Mountains to Sea) and US 1 (Carolina Connection) bike routes.

AND, the Triangle Bikeway would serve as a vital connection to the RDU Forest trail system at Lake Crabtree County Park, RDU Airport, and Umstead State Park via the Old Reedy Creek Road Corridor.

More information and status: Triangle I-40 Bikeway
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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