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Bike trails:

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13304 Creedmoor Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

919-676-1027
falls.lake@ncparks.gov

 

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GPS: 35.735554, -79.016569

 

*HOURS FOR DAY-USE AREAS:
  • 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

*HOURS FOR CAMPGROUND GATES:

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.

 

PARK OFFICE HOURS:

8:00am to 5:00pm daily**

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

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

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 27 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: Friday, January 10, 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:
https://files.nc.gov/ncparks/falls-lake-state-recreation-area-2019-operating-season-schedule.pdf

 Last updated on: Monday, November 25, 2019

History highlights

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

Remnants of Mitchell Mill, photo by J. Brown

Remnants of Mitchell Mill at Mitchell Mill State Natural Area. Photo by J. Brown.

Mitchell Mill State Natural Area is a 105-acre tract that protects granitic flatrock outcrops and a fragile and rare ecosystem.

Read about the cultural history of this area by downloading the research paper below:

 

"Mitchell Mill State Natural Area: A Cultural History" thumbnail  

Mitchell Mill State Natural Area:
A Cultural History
(.pdf)

by Greg Orcutt,
Falls Lake State Recreation Area Park Ranger
North Carolina State Parks