All park areas have reopened after the high lake levels after Hurricane Florence. Several low-lying areas are still partially flooded however, including the parts of the swim beaches and areas close to the shoreline. Park visitors entering the water should take care as unusual underwater drop-offs may still exist.
Sandling Beach is closed for the winter season as normal. It will reopen April 1, 2019.Posted on: Friday, October 5, 2018
Hiking and Biking
The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
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
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