05/03/10 87 W, 2 I - + 5 - 4 Rescue on the Trail

Injured person on a trail at William B. Umstead State Park yesterday afternoon, with Raleigh police, Raleigh fire, Western Wake fire, Cary EMS, and Park Rangers working together to get responders to the patient, and the patient to the hospital. And just how many vehicle entrances to the park-- public and private-- are there, anyway? Here's a map of the park. Never noticed the "airport overlook" before. What sort of view does that afford?

The Airport Overlook gives a relatively unobstructed view of planes taking off and landing from runway 14/32 (the NCNG strip). There are only two “official” park entrances (Glenwood Ave. for Crabtree and Harrison Ave. for Reedy Creek), but there are many jumping-off points/gates around off Ebenezer Ch. Rd. and Reedy Creek Rd. for vehicles to enter, should the need arise. The park staff use the multi-use trails to get from one side of the park to another, and to move vehicles around for trail and facility repair and maintenance. My office is (as I know Mr. Blogger is familiar) at the Reedy Creek maintenance area, which is at the Reedy Creek Lake Rd. trailhead. And no matter what anyone’s GPS says, you can’t get from Hwy. 70 to I-40 through the park!
Duda - 05/03/10 - 13:46

Yea, since there is no real elevation, you’re really just looking at a LARGE cleared area which happens to have runways on it. If you’re a good boy and stay behind the fence, there is a slight berm about 20 yds to your front that is a slight obstruction. If you walk over to that, you can get a better view, but that’s officially a no no… :) It’s a good place to stop after running up the hills on Reedy Creek Trail and catch your breath.
Bob - 05/05/10 - 09:16

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