Go For A Run On Loblolly Trail
Loblolly is one of the most unique trails in all of Umstead State Park as it is one of their only out-and-back courses in their 34 miles of trails.
Loblolly itself is 2.7 miles, which totals to 5.4 miles when you turn around and go back to beginning. The trail head is located in the north east corner of the parking lot at the Reedy Creek entrance. The Loblolly trail is marked by blue squares nailed to the trees along the path.
As the trail begins toward Reedy Creek the gentle steady decline becomes a short downhill scramble as you approach the creek. The trail follows along the creek and there is a bridge to cross Reedy Creek. Around mile 1.4 you start to notice that the climb is significantly steeper.
Eventually, around mile 2.1, you will see a pond through the trees where you might spot a heron or other wildlife if you're lucky. You will keep going up and down hills for a little while until you come across a red sign that says, "State trail ends here." This is your turn around point to head back to where you came from.
About Reedy Creek Entrance:
Tucked between the growing cities of Raleigh, Cary, Durham and the corporate world of Research Triangle Park is an oasis of tranquility, a peaceful haven. Here, two worlds merge as the sounds of civilization give way to the unhurried rhythm of nature. Highways fade in the distance as trees, flowers, birds and streams form a more natural community. William B. Umstead is a place to escape the pressures of everyday life, a place to picnic in the pines, to wait for a fish to bite, to take a hike or horseback ride on trails through the woods.
William B. Umstead State Park is divided into two sections, Crabtree Creek and Reedy Creek, this 5,579-acre park is easily accessible from Interstate 40 and US 70.
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Reedy Creek Entrance
1800 N Harrison Aveune
Cary, NC 27513