Falls Lake State Park

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Falls Lake State Park

North Carolina

(919) 676-1027

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Overview

Hours of relaxation await you at Falls Lake State Recreation Area. Just moments away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Falls Lake is a great way to escape urban life. With a 12,000-acre lake and 26,000 acres of woodlands, Falls Lake State Recreation Area offers a choice of recreation areas Beaverdam, B.W. Wells, Highway 50, Holly Point, Rolling View, Sandling Beach and Shinleaf. Fishing, boating and swimming are only a few of the activities awaiting you on the water. On land, you can enjoy walking, mountain biking or camping along a portion of the state's Mountains-to-Sea Trail. From recreation to environmental education, no matter what you are looking for, you are sure to discover it at Falls Lake. A wide variety of plants and animals can be found throughout Falls Lake. Colorful wildflowers including tick-seed sunflowers, butterfly weeds and asters can be found nestled next to a number of oak species and loblolly pines. White-tailed deer, rabbit, red fox and raccoon are some of the most common forms of wildlife. Bluebirds, goldfinches and wrens sing in the trees, as wood ducks and mallards gently paddle in the nearby water. Soaring in the sky overhead are birds of prey including the red-tailed hawk, osprey and bald eagle. The calls of the great-horned, barred and screech owls fill the night air.

Map of Falls Lake (NC)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.029666, -78.696442

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Activities

  • Boating

    Highway 50, Rolling View and Beaverdam recreation areas have boat-launching ramps. Only boats with non-gasoline motors are allowed in Beaverdam. B. W. Wells and Holly Point provide similar services for campers only. Sandling Beach offers a beach to launch non-motorized watercraft, but paddlers must carry canoes across the beach to the water by hand.

  • Bicycling

    Enjoy riding your mountain bike through Falls Lake State Recreation Area! A total of 13 miles of trails through a variety of terrain are open for single-track mountain biking. Located in the Beaverdam area, the park offers three loop trails totaling a distance of 6.5 miles of easy/intermediate riding, as well as a 6.5-mile trail for advanced riding.

  • Camping

    With more than 300 sites, pitch your tent or park your RV at Falls Lake. Many sites offer water and electric hookups. Showers, restrooms and dump stations are located nearby. For people who desire a more primitive camping experience, Shinleaf offers tent camping in 47 hike-in sites and 9 group sites. Rolling View and B. W. Wells (reservations only) have special areas for camping clubs and groups.

  • Fishing

    Bass, bluegill, catfish and crappie--as well as numerous artificial reefs and fish shelters, and continuous stocking programs--attract anglers to Falls Lake. N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission regulations apply.

  • Hiking

    Falls Lake Trail will eventually travel the entire south shore of the lake. A portion of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, the trail will connect two recreational areas and provide camping for backpackers. A one-mile loop trail at B. W. Wells passes the naturalist's home and an interpretive area. Short trails at Rolling View and Sandling Beach allow a closer look at the aquatic environment. There are also short trails at Beaverdam and Holly Point.

  • Picnicking

    All recreation areas offer picnic sites with outdoor grills and tables. Drinking water is located nearby. Sandling Beach, Rolling View and Beaverdam have picnic shelters of various sizes with drinking water and restrooms nearby. Highway 50 offers picnic tables, grills, trash receptacles and nearby restrooms.

  • RVing

    With more than 300 sites, pitch your tent or park your RV at Falls Lake. Many sites offer water and electric hookups. Showers, restrooms and dump stations are located nearby.

  • Water Sports

    Sandling Beach, Rolling View and Beaverdam provide sandy swim beaches with nearby restrooms and changing facilities. Holly Point offers swimming for campers only.

Directions

Driving

Traveling west on I-40 or US 64 toward Raleigh, take I-440 (the beltline) north to US 1. Follow US 1 north to NC 98 at the town of Wake Forest. Take NC 98 west approximately eight miles to NC 50. Turn right onto NC 50 and travel north one mile to the park office/information center, which is on the right just before the bridge.

Traveling east on I-40 toward Raleigh, turn north on I-540 (the outer loop). Travel north on 1-540 to NC 50, and take NC 50 north approximately eight miles to park office/information center, which is on the right just before the bridge.

Traveling south on I-85 toward Durham, take Exit 191, then turn east on NC 56 and travel to NC 50 at the town of Creedmoor. Turn south on NC 50 and drive approximately eight miles to the park office/information center, which is on the left immediately past the bridge.

Traveling north on I-85 toward Durham, travel through Durham, and take US 70 east toward Raleigh. Turn east on NC 98 and travel toward Wake Forest for approximately eight miles to NC 50. Take NC 50 north for one mile to the park office/information center, which is on the right just before the bridge.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(919) 676-1027

Campground reservations

(877) 722-6762

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