Gravel trails for most of the way, except the beginning on Sal's Branch Trail
and at the end on the blue trail (Sycamore Trail
) leading back to Sal's Branch (dirt and roots).
Start on Sal's Branch Trail
, get to Umstead Park Lake, cross the bridge and make your way to the red MUT (multi-use trail). This is a long straight climb up to the red multi-use trail. Once you reach the red multi-use trail there is a water fountain available immediately on the left.
Follow the red trail south, then east past Reedy Creek Lake and prepare for hills on the east side of Umstead.
On the east side of Umstead ,the trail hugs Ebenezer Church Road, and you'll cross two small bridges before the trail heads into the forest on the left.
Welcome to the hilly section of Umstead! After turning left into the forest you'll climb several gravelly hills until you get to the top and the gravel road ends at a T-intersection (intersection with the Graylyn Multiuse Trail
Take a right, then follow the Graylyn Multi-Use Trail
until you see a road on the left. The blue trail (Sycamore Trail
) intersects this road, and when you see the blue trail, take a right onto the trail.
Follow the blue trail (Sycamore Trail
) to the end which leads you to Potts Branch Trail (orange). Cross the stream at Pott's Branch Trail
and continue until you get to the parking for Potts Branch and Sycamore.
When you cross the parking lot, you'll see Sal's Branch Trail
. Take a right on Sal's Branch Trail
and follow it until you arrive back at the starting point.
Lots of deer, especially on the south side of Umstead.