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High Water Closures   

Currently, Falls Lake is experiencing high lake levels due to the significant rainfall over the last few weeks.  All Rolling View picnic shelters are closed.  Some sections of trails, including parts of the NC Mountains to Sea trail and the Beaverdam mountain bike trails, are underwater.  The Beaverdam Mountain Bike trail status is updated daily on our website and trianglemtb.com.

All park visitors should use caution when water levels are high as unexpected drop-offs and unseen hazards may exist.

Contact the NC Wildlife Resources Commission for information or the status of their boat ramps on Falls Lake.
 

 Last updated on: Saturday, March 6, 2021

Current status of park facilities   

The following Falls Lake areas and facilities are currently open as part of the state's reopening plans for modified Phase 3:

BEAVERDAM: boat ramp (non-gasoline powered boats only), swim beach, hiking trails, mountain biking trails (weather dependent), picnic shelters (reservations available for groups of 50 or less), restrooms, playground
HIGHWAY 50: boat ramp, restrooms
ROLLING VIEW: family camping, group camping, boat ramp, swim beach, hiking trails, picnic shelters (reservations available for groups of 50 or less), restrooms/bathhouses, playground, community building (reservations must be made in advance at the park office only for groups of 25 or less)
SHINLEAF: hike-in camping, group camping, hiking trails, restrooms/bathhouses

HOLLY POINT: closed for the winter
BW WELLSclosed for the winter
SANDLING BEACHclosed for the winter

The visitor center is open on weekdays, but hours vary, depending on staff availability. Please call the park to confirm the hours. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the visitor center.

Day-use entrance fees are not charged from October through March. Open areas may be operating with limited capacity and will close once capacity is reached. Cleaning bathrooms will take longer than normal due to disinfecting procedures. Trash cans will not be available at family campsites, so campers will have to take their own trash to the dumpsters. Park visitors are not allowed in any areas marked as closed.

Campers must have reservations to camp, but reservations for available campsites may be on the day of arrival up to 9 p.m. Campers may make reservations by calling toll-free 1-877-722-6762 or through our reservations website.

Hikers can hike the entirety of the Falls Lake sections of the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail by parking at any of the trailheads where the trail crosses a road. Please ensure that your vehicle does not block a gate or the roadway.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of October 23, we are following the new guidelines under modified Phase 3.

Please check with our partner agencies about the status of their access areas on Falls Lake:
US Army Corps of Engineers
NC Wildlife Resources Commission
Wake County Parks
Raleigh Parks and Recreation

 Last updated on: Friday, February 26, 2021

Falls Lake Campground Closures   

This summer, Falls Lake SRA will begin the construction phase of our CONNECT NC Bond Project, to upgrade our RV electrical campsites to 50-amp service.  During construction, scheduled to begin in June/July 2021, all Rolling View family campsites and later the Holly Point campground will be closed.
 
The following campsites are affected:
ROLLING VIEW: All family campsites currently not accepting reservations from June 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021
HOLLY POINT: Expected campground closure late 2021
 
Persons with affected reservations will be contacted and allowed to transfer to a different campsite or will receive a full refund.  Additional closures are expected as the project progresses.  We will update this alert throughout the project as dates will change as the project moves forward.
 
Please contact the Falls Lake park office if you have any questions.

 Last updated on: Monday, February 1, 2021

Bike trails:

OPEN TODAY


Map of North Carolina – Falls Lake State Recreation Area


Contact the park
 

919-676-1027

falls.lake@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

Visitor center

13304 Creedmoor Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 36.0116, -78.6888

 

Beaverdam

14600 Creedmoor Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 36.0362, -78.6850

 

B.W. Wells campground

1630 Bent Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 35.9861, -78.6315

 

Highway 50

13900 Creedmoor Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 36.0216, -78.6902

 

Holly Point campground

14424 New Light Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 36.0100, -78.6575

 

Rolling View

4201 Baptist Road
Durham, NC 27703

GPS: 36.0085, -78.7291

 

Sandling Beach

14601 Creedmoor Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 36.0423, -78.6984

 

Shinleaf campground

13708 New Light Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 35.9938, -78.6595
 

Hours
 

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  • 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.
     

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  • 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
     

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  • September 3, 2019
    to April 11, 2020:

Open Monday to Friday:
8:00am to 5:00pm

closed on state holidays
 

  • April 12, 2020 to
    September 7, 2020:

Open daily:
8:00am to 5:00pm
 


Operating season
 

►    2021 Schedule
 


 

 

 

Facilities for rent

Check the reservations website for availability and prices.

In addition to campsites, you can reserve the following facilities at this park:

Community Building

community building at Falls Lake State Recreation Area

Located next to the boat ramp in the Rolling View recreation area, the Community Building has a large meeting room, kitchen facilities, restrooms and a gas fireplace. It accommodates 70 people with chairs and tables, or 120 people with chairs only. It is near a boat ramp, beach, and hiking trails. The building may be occupied between 9 a.m. and a half hour before park closing. Note: Pig cookers must be kept on grass.

Picnic Shelters

Reservable shelters are available at Sandling Beach, Rolling View and Beaverdam. All the shelters are handicap accessible and have access to drinking water and restrooms. 

Unreserved picnic shelters are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. However, the shelters are very popular, so reservations are strongly suggested.