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Inspiration Trail

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A short interpretive trail that splits off from Company Mill Trail in William B. Umstead State Park.


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0.3

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367' 112 m

High

329' 100 m

Low

38' 12 m

Up

38' 12 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Wildflowers

Description

Inspiration Trail is a short interpretive trail in the Reedy Creek section of the park. The trailhead is along Company Mill Trail, just down the first hill past the picnic shelters. Inspiration Trail splits to the left and makes a short loop. Benches are provided along the trail to rest and enjoy the natural scenery. Tree identification signs help visitors learn about the different species of trees growing in a Piedmont forest.

The trail initially follows a small intermittent stream then curves around to higher ground on the steep slopes above Crabtree Creek. These south-facing slopes have a cooler climate than the surrounding areas and support the growth of more mountainous flora such as mountain laurel. The unique climate and ecology of this area has been recognized as Crabtree Shrub Slopes Natural Area. In about a quarter-mile, the trail loops back to the beginning. Turn left to continue on Company Mill Trail for a longer trip or turn right to head back to the picnic area.

Flora & Fauna

Mountain laurel bloom along south-facing slopes of Crabtree Creek. The shrubs bloom in early May and are quite beautiful.

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Justin Paul

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Straight for Company Mill Trail to the left for Inspiration Trail.
Aug 28, 2020 near Cary, NC
Beginning of trail
Aug 31, 2018 near Cary, NC
Fall mushroom.
Aug 31, 2018 near Cary, NC

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Oct 24, 2021
Paul Biocco
0.4mi — 0h 10m
Aug 31, 2018
Jean-Claude Linossi
Easy walk through the woods. Very good signs . 0.3mi — 0h 10m
Mar 10, 2018
Robert Beasley
Aug 9, 2017
Andy McIntosh
0.4mi