Prior to 1978, flooding of the Neuse River caused extensive damage to public and private properties including roadways, railroads, industrial sites and farmlands. The Falls Lake Project was developed by the US Army Corps of Engineers to control damaging floods and to supply a source of water for surrounding communities. Construction of the dam began in 1978 and was completed in 1981. In addition to recreation opportunities, Falls Lake now provides flood and water-quality control, water supply, and fish and wildlife conservation.
Mitchell Mill State Natural Area
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
Day Use Areas
November - February: 8am - 6pm
March - April and September - October: 8am - 8pm
May - August: 8am - 9pm
Closed Christmas Day
All campgrounds now offer 24 hour access during the operating season. See Opening and Closing Schedule for details.
All campgrounds are closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Park Office and Information Center
8 AM TO 5 PM Daily
Office closed most State Holidays and weekends between Labor Day and Easter