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13304 Creedmoor Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587



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GPS: 35.735554, -79.016569


  • 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


All campgrounds at Falls Lake State Recreation Area offer 24-hour access when the campground is operating.

Campgrounds closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

*PLEASE NOTE: Day-use hours and 24-hour campground access are dependent on the operating season schedule.



8:00am to 5:00pm daily**

**Between Labor Day and Easter, office is closed on weekends and state holidays.

Prescribed Burn at Falls Lake...   

Division of Parks and Recreation staff are conducting a prescribed burn today, Wenesday, November 6, within the Woodpecker Ridge Natural Area at Falls Lake.  Prescribed burns are conducted in order to protect our natural resources, to reduce fuel loads, and to improve ecosystem health.  This will not impact visitors to the park, but please be advised of potential smoke in the area during your visit.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Rolling View Campground Improvements/...   

Rolling View's camping sites will be undergoing improvements Mondays through Thursdays starting in the month of November.  There will be park equipment which may produce loud noises in the campground during the day. 

 Last updated on: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

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.

For a full list, see the Falls Lake Operating Season Schedule:

 Last updated on: Monday, September 30, 2019

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.


Come celebrate National Take a Hike Day by hiking with a ranger on the Mountains to Sea Trail.  The hike shows views of the lake along with some unique geologic features that occur around Falls Lake.  Come prepared with appropriate clothing for the weather, close toed shoes, and water for this 2+ mile out and back hike.  Meet at the Mountains to Sea Trail parking lot on the right side of Creedmoor Rd, just before the bridge going over Falls Lake.

Date of Event:
Sun, 11/17/2019 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Mountains to Sea Trail parking lot on the right side of Creedmoor Rd, just before the bridge going over Falls Lake.

With thanksgiving around the corner, come meet a park ranger at Shelter 23 in Beaverdam for thanksgiving related crafts and activities.  All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times during the program.  Please contact the park office at (919)676-1027 for any questions. 

Date of Event:
Sat, 11/23/2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Beaverdam Shelter 23

You're walking through the woods, you hear leaves crumpling. You look to your right, there's a White-Tailed Deer. You look to your left, and there's a squirrel. Suddenly it dawns on you! The sounds of summer are gone. Where are the frogs? You usually see an Eastern Box Turtle on this trail, where have they gone? The sun starts to set and you look to the sky, you hear the ducks coming to land on Falls Lake, but you notice another difference between Summer and Winter. The bats have left as well.

Come meet a Ranger at Rollingview State Recreation Area- Shelter 13 on December 7th at 10 AM to learn about how different animals survive throughout the winter!

Date of Event:
Sat, 12/07/2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Rolling View Shelter 13

Wanna learn about white tailed deer? What do they eat? Where do they live? How fast can they run? Join a park ranger to learn the answers and make a holiday themed craft.

Date of Event:
Sun, 12/15/2019 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Rolling View Shelter 15

Join a park ranger for a hike to discuss the benefits of prescribed fire and how we use it in a park setting. Be prepared to be outside, bring water and wear closed toe shoes.

Date of Event:
Sun, 12/22/2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Duck Cove Trail in Beaverdam State Recreation Area