ElevationAscent: 678' 207 m
Descent: -678' -207 m
High: 452' 138 m
Low: 258' 79 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)
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“A scenic 12 mile loop around Umstead State Park (two ponds, steep hill section, and one stream crossing!)”— Alex Ko
Features Fall Colors · Fishing · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
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.
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