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Rod's Umstead to Carter-Finley Hike

posted Apr 7, 2012, 11:05 AM by Justin P
This morning, I hiked with Rod for his Umstead to Carter-Finley Stadium.  We started at the Reedy Creek entrance to Umstead and hiked along the Loblolly Trail.  It was quite cold this morning, so I had my coat on for a while.  But Rod, despite being nearly 80 years old, hikes fast.  Trying to keep up with him and I warmed up quickly, losing the coat before we left Umstead State Park.  The Loblolly Trail continues beyond the boundaries of the park as part of the City of Raleigh's Capital Area Greenway.  The trail comes out at the dam on Richland Lake and goes around the lake to Reedy Creek Trail.  Crossing the street here, the trail leads through Schenck Forest and under Wade Avenue at the "zombie" tunnel.  Past the tunnel it continues under another shorter tunnel under Edwards Mill Road and terminates at the PNC Arena/Carter-Finley Stadium.  We had lunch outside the stadium under the wolf statue and then headed back.
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