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Sal's Branch Trail - William B. Umstead State Park

Sal's Branch Trail is about 2.7 miles long and located near Raleigh, North Carolina. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1 hour or less. The Sal's Branch Trailhead is located directly behind the visitor center on the highway 70 entrance to William B. Umstead Park. There is a very pretty lake (man-made) about halfway through the hike. Difficulty: Moderate•Length: 2.7 miles / 4.3 km•Duration: 1-3 hours•Family Friendly • Dog Friendly Visit Website

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BringFido Guest Rating

Sal's Branch Trail - William B. Umstead State Park has received a rating of 4.5 out of 5 bones by 2 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Jess
    Sep. 3, 2018
    Dogs on leash at all time

    The prior review was misleading. The law is to keep your dog on a leash at all times. Visitors do mind. It is the number one complaint. If the Park Rangers catch you, you will receive a $200 + curation. Please be virtuous to those you share the Park with and keep your pet on a leash AT ALL TIMES.

  • Ashlie
    More than a year ago
    Great Morning Walk for Kids and Fur Baby

    My Dad was visiting town for Memorial Weekend and we wanted to get everyone out of the house for some fresh air. We nipped over to Umstead and chose Sal's Branch as our trail of the day. It was a great choice!! There were loads of families and dogs on the trail and the lake in the middle is a great time to stop and relax. Although the rules do state that dogs are to remain on leash at all times in the park, there were several families who opted to allow their pups to have a swim in the lake during the pit stop and/or have quick game of frisbee in the grassy areas around the lake. No-one seemed to mind. There is a great little boat house on the lake, but pups are not allowed in the boats. The trail was very shaded, which was great for kids and family and is very easily accessible from the visitor center parking lot. We will definitely take this hike again!!

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