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Seasonal Closures   

Normal winter seasonal closures are as follows:

Sandling Beach day-use area is closed from October 1 until April 1.

Holly Point family campground is closed from November 1 until March 15.

BW Wells group campground is closed from December 1 until March 15.

Falls Lake has other areas that offer day-use, family camping, and group camping open every day except Christmas Day.  For a full list, please go to: https://files.nc.gov/ncparks/maps-and-brochures/falls-lake-2018-2019-ope...

 Posted on: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Falls Lake State Recreation Area

Falls Lake State Recreation Area is a collective of seven access areas scattered around the shoreline of this undeveloped, 12,000-acre reservoir. More than 300 campsites at four of the access areas offer a range of outdoor experience from RV hookups to primitive tent camping and group camps. There are five swim beaches in the recreation area and a number of boating ramps, some reserved for paddlers and non-gasoline powered boats. The Beaverdam access offers a network of mountain biking trails as well as a separate and quiet lake impoundment perfect for paddling, fishing and swimming. The Mountains-to-Sea State Trail winds through parts of the recreation area and is a centerpiece of a network of hiking trails.

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⇒  ATTENTION: CAMPERS

Apple Maps is providing incorrect directions to Shinleaf campgrounds. Entering the campgrounds address — 13708 New Light Road in Wake Forest — will take you to private property.

We are working on remedying the issue with Apple. In the meantime, please follow these directions to get to the campground:

From Durham, take N.C. 98 E for about 12 miles. Turn left onto New Light Road. After half a mile, the entrance to Shinleaf area will be on your right.

From Wake Forest/U.S. 1, take N.C. 98 W for 9 miles. Turn right onto New Light Road. After half a mile, the entrance to Shinleaf area will be on your right.

From Raleigh, go north on Six Forks Road. After about 16 miles, once you cross N.C. 98/Durham Road, Six Forks Road turns into New Light Road. The entrance to Shinleaf area will be on your right.


 

Contact:

Falls Lake State Recreation Area

13304 Creedmoor Rd
Wake ForestNC 27587
Phone919-676-1027
falls.lake@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 36.011700
Longitude: -78.688800

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Day Use Areas
November to February: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
March, April, September and October: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
May to August: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day

Campgrounds

All campgrounds at Falls Lake State Recreation Area now offer 24-hour access during that campground's operating season.

IMPORTANT: See Falls Lake Operating Season Schedule for more details 

All campgrounds are closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Park Office and Information Center

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Office closed most state holidays and weekends between Labor Day and Easter

Operating Season Schedule