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Just minutes from downtown Raleigh, William B. Umstead State Park is 5,000 acres of woodland sanctuary surrounded by hectic urban living. Created during the Great Depression, it is one of the most popular recreational areas near the city.
Crabtree Creek State Park is featured in this third in a series of articles on North Carolina's state parks. The park is in Wake County seven miles from Raleigh. It covers 5,000 acres of heavily wooded forest and is traversed by Crabtree Creek and numerous smaller creeks. The facility is used extensively by a number of groups.
William B. Umstead Park, located in Wake County ten miles west of Raleigh, covers 5,439 acres and is often called the \"Central Park of the Triangle.\" Nickens discusses the history and development of the park and the activities that attract people to it.