William B. Umstead State Park, 6-Mi Moderate Hike (Dog-Friendly)

We will meet at the left side of the parking lot beside the bathrooms at 1 pm. (See directions below.)

You do not need to bring a dog to attend. Everyone is welcome. (Dog owners must abide by the rules below.)

Company Mill is considered MODERATE in difficulty as it does have a sturdy climb early on and some rolling hills

Since we will probably walk about 2-2.5 mph this hike, beginners should have no problem. There will be many opportunities to take photographs.


Umstead has more than one entrance. For Thursday's hike we will meet at the Reedy Creek Entrance.

From 1-40 W, take exit 287 for Harrison Avenue and turn RIGHT on N Harrison Avenue. You will see the Reedy Creek Entrance to Umstead.

From 1-40 E, take exit 287 for Harrison Avenue and turn LEFT on N Harrison Avenue. You will see the Reedy Creek Entrance to Umstead.

We will take the Company Mill Trail, a 5.8-mile loop. Here is a useful map:


• NO KIDS UNDER 5 years old can attend for safety reasons. Although we like seeing families enjoying our events, there are dogs who are nervous or don't behave well around young kids.

• If you do bring a dog, the group rules are as follows:

Your dog must have on a current RABIES TAG at all times, or you must have rabies certificate with you at all times. Most parks require this and you will be given a citation/fee if you can't show proof of current rabies vaccine to a ranger/other authority. We recommend that only dogs who are vaccinated (distemper/parvo and bordetella) and are free of internal & external parasites (fleas/ticks and intestinal worms) attend our events. 

DOGS MUST STAY ON LEASH AT ALL TIMES!! Extend-a-leads (aka "flexi-leashes) are not allowed on our hikes and you must have your pet on a leash no longer than 6 feet Most parks require this.  They are not appropriate for group hikes.  They can get wrapped around people and/or dogs legs very easily and have caused pretty serious injuries.

Leave NO trace behind, so please clean up after your pet. Most parks require this and you will be given a citation/fee by a ranger/other authority. Many pathogens which infect people and dogs are spread through feces, so we must do our part to prevent infections.

Always abide by the posted park/venue rules .

Aggressive dogs (and people) and female dogs "in heat" are not permitted at our events. It is up to the discretion of the event host whether a dog (or person) is posing a safety threat to an individual or group. All hikers must listen to the commands of the event host, including a request to leave the event.


Participation in any activity with the Go Take A Hike, Buddy group is at your own risk. To the fullest extent allowed by law, you waive any claims against, and agree to indemnify and hold harmless Go Take A Hike, Buddy Meetup group, it's organizers, affiliates, employees, officers, directors and contractors, from all claims of liability of every type (including court costs and legal fees) for injury or death to any person or for damage to property arising out of or relating to your participation as a member. This agreement applies to you and any other party who may accompany you in these endeavors.

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  • Mark

    Nice hike and comfortable pace which allows for conversation with others. Thanks Xena for organizing.

    September 4

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fyi - Company Mill is considered Moderate in Difficulty as it does have a sturdy climb early on and some rolling hills: http://greatoutdoorprovision.com/expert/company-mill/

    August 28

    • Xena

      Jacqui, thank you for your comment. The NC State Parks Web site labels it as moderate too.

      August 28

  • Michael L.

    If anyone is going from Durham, I 'd like to request a ride and am happy to share gas.

    August 24

  • Teresa S.

    I look forward to meeting everyone, but I do need to be off the trail by 3:30 to pick kids up from school so I might have to pick up the pace or turn back.

    August 22

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