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Sandling Beach Early Closure   

The water storage tanks in Sandling Beach will be replaced this Fall and will require the water to be turned off and park to be closed.

Therefore the park will close for the season 2 weeks early starting Sept 18.

 Posted on: Friday, February 17, 2017 - 9:06am
Events and Programs

Falls Lake State Recreaton Area offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.


Join a ranger for a reading of Dr. Seuss's "The Lorax".  We will discuss what is means to be a good steward to the environment and also make a craft to take home!

Date of Event:
Sat, 02/25/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Rollingview Shelter 15

Join the Park Rangers and their guest speakers at Falls Lake State Recreation Area to learn about the invasive species in the Piedmont!  To mark the National Invasive Species Awareness Week, we’ll be introducing you to some of our area invasives and how we manage them at NC State Parks and State Natural Areas. Additionally, we’ll learn about native plants and gardens. Please come dressed for the weather as this will be taking place at a picnic shelter and wear shoes appropriate for hiking.
Participants will be taking home native wildflower seeds and one Yellow Root (Xanthorhiza simplicissima)!
This program is limited to 20 participants and will count as 4 hours for Criteria II.

Call the park office to register (919) 676-1027

Date of Event:
Fri, 03/03/2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Beaverdam Shelter 24

Hike from historic Rock Cliff Farm out to one of the prettiest overlooks at Falls Lake, Zeagle's Rock. This site is reserved for guided tours only.  After the hike stay for our heritage day festival with tours, games, crafts and more. Bring water and wear closed-toe shoes. Hike NC!

1.0 mile, moderate difficulty. 

Meet at BW Wells Recreation Area, follow signs to Rock Cliff Farm, meet at parking/exhibit area.


Date of Event:
Sat, 04/08/2017 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Start Location:
BW Wells Recreation Area

Join us for a special tour of a wildlife management trail full of places to look for snakes, frogs, salamanders, nesting birds and more.  Learn about easy backyard projects to help wildlife. After the program head down to the swim beach to view the sunset. Hike NC!

1.0 mile, moderate difficulty. Bring water, bug spray and wear closed-toe shoes. 

Meet at parking lot, near shelter 7.


Date of Event:
Thu, 04/20/2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Start Location:
Sandling Beach Recreation Area Parking Lot-near Shelter 7

You’re invited to look into the universe during the 5th annual North Carolina Statewide Star Party, a signature event of the North Carolina Science Festival.

Date of Event:
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 7:00pm
Start Location:
Beaverdam Entrance

Falls Lake State Recreation Area

13304 Creedmoor Rd
Wake ForestNC 27587
Latitude: 36.011700
Longitude: -78.688800

Park Hours:

Day Use Areas
November - February: 8am - 6pm
March - April and September - October: 8am - 8pm
May - August: 8am - 9pm
Closed Christmas Day


All campgrounds now offer 24 hour access during the operating season. See Opening and Closing Schedule for details. 

All campgrounds are closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Park Office and Information Center

8 AM TO 5 PM Daily

Office closed most State Holidays and weekends between Labor Day and Easter

Opening and Closing Schedule (PDF)