Umstead Park- Chapel Hill

Having about a half an hour to spare before we met a friend for lunch yesterday, C and I swung by Umstead Park (not the big one in Raleigh, but the little one in Chapel Hill). I remembered this park from my geocaching days, and was happy to return to it in a different capacity as a mama.

The playground equipment here is very nice. I guess that the playground equipment suffered storm damage a couple of years back and was completely redone circa 2008. And now that I think about it, the rest of the park did look a little more dated. Still nice, just older. Also, I read that this is the 2nd most-used playground in the Town of Chapel Hill. And I can see why: the equipment is big, simple, well maintained, with lots to do, and it is very conveniently located.

However, the ground covering is sand which personally drives me crazy. I already have a hard enough time keeping my car clean what with all the Cheerios. But it didn’t seem to bother C at all. There isn’t a lot of shade here either.

The thing I liked best about this park is how it is right on Bolin Creek. You can walk a little portion of the Creek here (although you eventually end up in a neighborhood if you go uphill). You can’t do it with a stroller, but it makes for a beautiful little walk.

Full list of facilities at the park:
picnic tables
picnic shelter
open play area
basketball court
tennis court
softball fields
volleyball court
trails
restrooms

Umstead Park in Chapel Hill
399 Umstead Road
on Umstead Road between Airport Road and Estes Dr
Chapel Hill

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2 comments for “Umstead Park- Chapel Hill

  1. cate@catehouse.com
    May 5, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    We love this park. My 3 year old and her buds can spend a full hour picking up rocks, walking to the middle of the bridge, throwing them down and then doing it again . . . and again . . .

  2. May 5, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Cate- Were you guys there yesterday because I swear I saw some kids doing that exact thing! Must be a good time… :)

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