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Visitor center

13304 Creedmoor Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 35.735554, -79.016569



14600 Creedmoor Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 36.036276, -78.685078


B.W. Wells campground

1630 Bent Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 35.986138, -78.631598


Highway 50

13900 Creedmoor Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 36.021656, -78.690270


Holly Point campground

14424 New Light Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 36.010031, -78.657522


Rolling View

4201 Baptist Road
Durham, NC 27703

GPS: 36.008504, -78.729136


Sandling Beach

14601 Creedmoor Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 36.042399, -78.698457


Shinleaf campground

13708 New Light Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 35.993892, -78.65959




  • 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.


  • 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


  • Easter to Labor Day:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Labor Day to Easter:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
    weekdays only
    closed on state holidays







Area Closures and Maintenance of Water...   

Falls Lake will be maintaining its potable water systems this winter.  This will affect multiple areas, with some having different operating seasons from normal and some still open but using portable toilets with no potable water available in the park.  Please keep in mind that the following dates are subject to change as weather and other factors could affect when the work is started or completed.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • Beaverdam Recreation Area: January 21 through February 28 – OPEN, no potable water, portable toilets available
  • Rolling View Recreation Area Family Camping: February 17 through April 1 – CLOSED, family camping available at Holly Point
  • Rolling View Recreation Area Group Camping: February 17 through April 1 – CLOSED, group camping available at Shinleaf
  • Rolling View Recreation Area Day-Use: February 17 through April 1 – OPEN, no potable water, portable toilets available
 Last updated on: Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Park Office Repairs   

Starting January 17, 2020 the Park Information Office will be undergoing some improvements to the front porch area. We ask that visitors come in through the back door during this time Monday through Friday 8:00am-5:00pm. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

 Last updated on: Friday, January 17, 2020

Seasonal Recreation Area Closures   

Sandling Beach day-use area closes for the winter season on October 1, 2019.  Holly Point campground closes for the winter season on November 1, 2019.  BW Wells Group Campground closes for the winter season on December 1, 2019.  

Other Falls Lake camping and day-use areas are open all winter long.  For a full list, see the Falls Lake Operating Season Schedule:

 Last updated on: Monday, November 25, 2019

Scheduled events

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.


Learn about the pioneer ecologist and early botanist of North Carolina by visiting his retirement home at Falls Lake.  Learn about 19th century farm life; take a walk to look at the geology or wildflowers; hike to Zeagle’s Rock; participate in an activity about plants; learn about B.W. Wells through ecological games; look at his book and other literature while enjoying the displays, games and exhibits. A schedule of events is posted on the web at

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
BW Wells Recreation Area

Ages 5-13 invited to participate in our 7th Annual Falls Lake Fishing Tournament!  Events for ALL ages!

Have you ever wanted to try fishing with your kids but don't know where to start, or do you have some experience but would like to learn some new techniques or tricks? Then come have a day of fun at the Falls Lake Youth Fishing Tournament! Youth ages 5 to 13 are invited to pre-register for this exciting event.
All fishing gear and bait will be provided for free, or you can bring your own gear. There will be prizes and educational booths for all ages! This event is entirely free so make sure to pre-register and get more information by calling the park office at 919-676-1027.

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 8:30am to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Beaverdam Shelter 23