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Sunrise at Falls Lake State Recreation Area
Park closures status   

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
Fees/FAQs/Rules

In addition to park-specific rules, please read the systemwide Park Rules for all North Carolina State Parks.

Entrance Fees

Falls Lake State Recreation Area charges for entry in the summer months, to supplement operational costs and help maintain and improve the areas for visitors. The per-car fee is charged daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day, holidays in April, May and September and on weekends. Annual pass holders are entitled to an unlimited number of visits without paying the admission fee.

  • Car: $6 per day.
  • Senior Citizen (62 or older): $4 per day.
  • Bus or van: $15 per day.
  • Annual Pass: $60.

Weekend Fees

  • Car: $7 per day.
  • Senior Citizen (62 or older): $5 per day.
  • Bus or van: $20 per day.

You can purchase the annual pass at the park offices. The pass is also good for unlimited entry to Jordan Lake State Recreation Area and Kerr Lake State Recreation Area, and is valid anytime within the calendar year.
 

A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.

Boating

Non-motorized boats or boats with non-gasoline engines only are allowed on Beaverdam Lake.

Permits

Event permits. Some events—such as weddings, athletic contests, company parties, etc.—may require a Special Activity Permit. If you're unsure whether such a permit is necessary for your event, call the park office beforehand. You can download a Special Activity Permit or obtain one from the park office.

Research and collection permits. A permit is required for any project involving the collection, removal or disturbance of any natural or cultural resource of any state park unit and for projects that require placing monitoring equipment in any state park unit. Learn more about research and collection permits or fill out a permit application online.

 

A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.

Contact:

Falls Lake State Recreation Area

13304 Creedmoor Rd
Wake ForestNC 27587
Phone919-676-1027
falls.lake@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 36.011700
Longitude: -78.688800

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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

Campgrounds

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

Operating Season Schedule