Short Autumn HikeS @ Umstead

  • November 16, 2013 · 11:45 AM
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Hike one or more trails:

2 Mile Loop: Hike 2 short trails at a moderate pace; Pott's Branch Trail , Oak Rock Trail.

3.5 Mile Loop: The Sal's Branch Trail and the Camp Ground Spur Trail is a 3.5 mile loop hike.

See the top right side of the map for the Crabtree side of Umstead trails (pick up map at Visitor Center):

The meetup location is at the far end of the last parking lot (Second parking lot after the visitor's center) on the Crabtree Creek (Glenwood Ave. - Rt. 70) entrance side of the park.

Restrooms: Located at the Visitor Center and near the start point parking lot.

Contact number: Will be sent to members who RSVP YES. View the Umstead State Park Brochure for information about the trails we'll be hiking. Umstead Visitor Center has maps and a ranger to answer questions @[masked]-4170.


==>Can meet at Lynnwood Grill for something to eat and drink afterward.<==

Note:  Remember to wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring some water to drink during the hike. While we will not be maintaining a very fast pace, this hike is still not suitable for children. Well-behaved, vaccinated dogs on leashes are welcomed.

Long before the first settlers, the area now known as William B. Umstead State Park was an untamed land. American bison, elk, bobcats and wolves roamed majestic forests of oak, hickory and beech. Native Americans later inhabited the land and avenues of trade were developed nearby. Such avenues included the Occoneeche trail to the north and the Pee Dee trail to the south. In 1774, land grants opened the area for settlement.

Forests were cleared as agricultural interests sprouted. While early farming efforts were successful, poor cultivation practices and one-crop production led to depletion and erosion of the soil. During the Depression, farmers made futile attempts to grow cotton in worn-out soil around Crabtree Creek.

In 1934, under the Resettlement Administration, federal and state agencies united to buy 5,000 acres of this submarginal land to develop a recreation area. The Civilian Conservation Corps, as well as the Works Progress Administration, helped construct the site while providing much needed jobs. Four camps along with day-use and picnic facilities were built and the park opened to the public in 1937.

The state purchased this area, known as Crabtree Creek Recreation Area, for $1, and more facilities were built as the General Assembly made its first state parks division appropriation in the 1940s.

Autumn Inspired the following:

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  • Debbie K

    It was a beautriful day for a hike! Can't wait to explore new parks. Thanks for all your hard work Roger I really enjoyed the day and my burger at Lynnwood Grill.

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • Dorothy

    Beautiful day for a walk with the wonderful colors and a great group of people. Thank you so much for putting this together.

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • Catherine D

    Beautiful day and temperature for a hike on Sal's Branch Trail. Lots of up and down hills and stepping over and on roots certainly gave me a workout! Thanks Roger for helping and setting up Lynnwood Grill. Enjoyed seeing everyone and meeting new people.

    November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    great day for a walk in the woods. Had a great time!

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • Roger A.

    I had a great time on the walk and at Lynnwood Grill afterward. It was good to meet some new people.

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • MJ

    Nice walk in the woods on a wonderful fall day

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Nick V.

    Hope to be on time

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not the prettiest day, but any day at Umstead with good people is a good day in my book.

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Catherine D

    After the hike, we can meet at Lynnwood Grill for something to eat and drink.

    November 15, 2013

  • Laura

    So glad it's suppose to warm back up by
    Saturday for walking!

    1 · November 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My schedule makes me somewhere between a "maybe" and a "yes." I trust this makes my plans clear. :>)

    1 · November 13, 2013

    • Catherine D

      Totally...I can even identify with that!

      November 13, 2013

  • Catherine D

    Car problems might keep me in town, so I might make it after all...(will RSVP when I'm sure). Thanks Roger for being the event host on this!

    November 13, 2013

  • Nick V.

    hope to make it (will RSVP closer to hike)

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • Dorothy

    I hope to make it on time. Having recall work done on the car at Fred Anderson (just up the street) early that morning.

    2 · November 7, 2013

  • Laura

    Sounds good to me! Meet at same spot as last
    week?

    November 7, 2013

  • Roger A.

    Laura, I'm willing to walk at Shelley Lake on Saturday. 11:30am?

    1 · November 7, 2013

  • Laura

    Disappointed there is no walk this Saturday do will
    definately be ready for this one!! See you soon!

    November 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I'll miss this. Sal's branch is a favorite for me and the mutt. I'll be at Uwharrie.

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • KarenH

    Unfortunately, I just realized I have a conflict for this day and had to cancel. :o(

    October 30, 2013

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