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
Get plant and animal checklists at the park office.
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.
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