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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.
In the 1940s, the federal government deeded 5,400 acres north of Raleigh to North Carolina for $1. Umstead State Park is the Triangle’s largest park, drawing 530,000 visitors a year. Writer Anna Carbrey reflects on the current growth and future development of the state park.
In this continuing series of articles on North Carolina's state parks, Constantino discusses the William B. Umstead State Park. The 5,000-acre park is situated in the populous Research Triangle Park region and is visited by almost half a million visitors annually.