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Sunrise at Falls Lake State Recreation Area
Current status of park facilities   

The following Falls Lake areas and facilities are currently open as part of the state's reopening plans for phase 2.5:

BEAVERDAM: boat ramp (non-gasoline powered boats only), hiking trails, mountain biking trails (weather dependent), restrooms, playgrounds, picnic shelters (reservations available), beaches closed
BW WELLS: group camping, bathhouse
HIGHWAY 50: boat ramp, restrooms
HOLLY POINT: family camping, boat ramp (campers only), restrooms/bathhouses, playground, beaches closed
ROLLING VIEW: family camping, boat ramp, hiking trails, restrooms/bathhouses, playground, group camping, picnic shelters (reservations available), beaches closed, community building closed
SHINLEAF: hike-in camping, hiking trails, restrooms/bathhouses, group camping

SANDLING BEACHclosed

The visitor center is open on weekdays, but hours vary, depending on staff availability. Please call the park to confirm the hours. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the visitor center.

Day-use entrance fees are charged on weekends in September. Open areas may be operating with limited capacity and will close once capacity is reached. Cleaning bathrooms will take longer than normal due to disinfecting procedures. Trash cans will not be available at the campsites, so campers will have to take their own trash to the dumpsters.

Campers must have reservations to camp, but reservations for available campsites may be on the day of arrival up to 9 p.m. Campers may make reservations by calling toll-free 1-877-722-6762 or through our reservations website.

All swim beaches and the community building are closed. Park visitors are not allowed in closed areas.

Hikers can hike the entirety of the Falls Lake sections of the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail by parking at any of the trailheads where the trail crosses a road. Please ensure that your vehicle does not block a gate or the roadway.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of September 11, we are following the new guidelines under phase 2.5.

Please check with our partner agencies about the status of their access areas on Falls Lake:
US Army Corps of Engineers
NC Wildlife Resources Commission
Wake County Parks
Raleigh Parks and Recreation

 Last updated on: Friday, September 11, 2020

Bike trails:

CLOSED TODAY


Map of North Carolina – Falls Lake State Recreation Area


Contact the park
 

919-676-1027

falls.lake@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

Visitor center

13304 Creedmoor Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 36.0116, -78.6888

 

Beaverdam

14600 Creedmoor Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 36.0362, -78.6850

 

B.W. Wells campground

1630 Bent Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 35.9861, -78.6315

 

Highway 50

13900 Creedmoor Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 36.0216, -78.6902

 

Holly Point campground

14424 New Light Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 36.0100, -78.6575

 

Rolling View

4201 Baptist Road
Durham, NC 27703

GPS: 36.0085, -78.7291

 

Sandling Beach

14601 Creedmoor Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 36.0423, -78.6984

 

Shinleaf campground

13708 New Light Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 35.9938, -78.6595
 

Hours
 

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  • November to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     
  • Not all day-use areas are open year-round. Please check the park's operating season schedule for dates.
     

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  • All campground gates have 24-hour access when the campground is operating.
     
  • Please check the park's operating season schedule for dates.
     
  • Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
     

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  • September 3, 2019
    to April 11, 2020:

Open Monday to Friday:
8:00am to 5:00pm

closed on state holidays
 

  • April 12, 2020 to
    September 7, 2020:

Open daily:
8:00am to 5:00pm
 


Operating season
 

►    2020 Schedule
 


 

 

 

Things to do

Hiking and Biking

The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.

Accessible Activities

Persons with disabilities will find access to a wide range of recreational opportunities at Falls Lake. All parking lots have spaces set aside for persons with disabilities and the restrooms are accessible as well. An accessible fishing pier is located at Beaverdam and Rollingview. Accessible picnic shelters are also available at Beaverdam, as well as at Rolling View and Sandling Beach. Accessible swimming is available at Beaverdam, Rolling View and Sandling Beach, and accessible campsites are available at Holly Point, Rolling View and Shinleaf. Park staff can guide you to facilities best suited to your needs.

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.

A privately managed concession near Rolling View State Recreation Area—Rollingview Marina—offers boat launching, slips and mooring, kayak, paddleboard and canoe rentals, as well as a snack bar, supplies and gasoline. 919-596-2194.

Check lake levels at the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

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. See water levels here.

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.

Use of picnic shelters is free on a first-come, first-served basis; a fee is charged to reserve a shelter. This facility can be reserved through our central reservation system.

Swimming

Sandling Beach, Rolling View and Beaverdam provide sandy swim beaches with nearby restrooms and changing facilities. Holly Point offers swimming for campers only. Supervise children closely and outfit them with personal flotation devices when they are in or near water.