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Oak Rock Trail

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 3.3 (4)

A short interpretive trail in William B. Umstead State Park.


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Map Key

0.6

Miles

1.0

KM

Point to Point

401' 122 m

High

354' 108 m

Low

53' 16 m

Up

62' 19 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

6%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek

Family Friendly Umstead's TRACK Trail, this route is short and contains many interpretive signs for kids to learn.

Description

The Oak Rock Trail is a short interpretive trail accessed from the Crabtree Creek side of the park. This trail is Umstead's TRACK Trail, part of the Kids in Parks Program to encourage outdoor activity. The trail features interpretive signs and a self-guided brochure to learn more about nature. The trailhead is at the first parking lot after the visitor center, the same as the trailhead for Pott's Branch Trail.

From the trailhead, bear left to take the loop in a clockwise direction. The trail crosses Sal's Branch and runs past the remains of an old dam and culvert. Past this point, the trail begins to loop back around. Near the end of the trail, it passes the Oak Rock, for which the trail is named. An oak tree is growing out of some huge rocks, a testament to the power of the trees. This is a great spot to stop for a break, take a picture, or climb around on the rocks. Continuing on, the trail loops back at to the start at the parking lot.

Flora & Fauna

Oak, maple, beech and pine trees. Numerous species of wildflowers and also birds.

Contacts

Shared By:

Justin Paul with improvements by Jean-Claude Linossi

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  3.3 from 4 votes

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Half way.
Apr 18, 2016 near Cary, NC
Oak Rock Trail starting point.
Apr 18, 2016 near Cary, NC
Going up a bit getting closer to the pond.
Apr 18, 2016 near Cary, NC
Spring is showing it's green at Oak Rock Trail. Easy trail on a dry day.
Apr 18, 2016 near Cary, NC
Flat, even terrain, epic! Time to hit the gas! After this you'll find a turn and up the "hill" - you've got to finish strong!
Apr 18, 2016 near Cary, NC

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Apr 15, 2019
Jean-Claude Linossi
Hiked this trail with the grandchildren. They had fun climbing on the rock. 0.5mi — 0h 30m