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Seasonal Closures   

Normal winter seasonal closures are as follows:

Sandling Beach day-use area is closed from October 1 until April 1.

Holly Point family campground is closed from November 1 until March 15.

BW Wells group campground is closed from December 1 until March 15.

Falls Lake has other areas that offer day-use, family camping, and group camping open every day except Christmas Day.  For a full list, please go to: https://files.nc.gov/ncparks/maps-and-brochures/falls-lake-2018-2019-ope...

 Last updated on: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Trails

Mountain Biking

Enjoy riding your mountain bike through Falls Lake State Recreation Area! A total of 14.3 miles of trails through a variety of terrain are open for single-track mountain biking. Located in the Beaverdam area, the park offers three loop trails totaling a distance of 6.5 miles of easy/intermediate riding, as well as a 6.5-mile trail for advanced riding.

The trails close for wet weather. Call the park office or visit Triangle Mountain Biking to check on the trail's status.

Hiking

The Falls Lake Trail follows the entire south shore of the lake, traveling over 50 miles and following the white blazes. It begins from the shore of the Neuse River below the Falls Lake Dam and traverses all the way to the Eno River and beyond. A portion of the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail, the trail connects many recreational areas and provides camping stops for backpackers at Shinleaf and Rolling View. Portions of the trail travel through state park land, where all state park regulations apply. The remainder of the trail travels through the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission game lands. For your safety, wear blaze orange while hiking this trail during hunting season. The Falls Lake Trail can be easily accessed at the Falls Lake Dam information center, Blue Jay Point County Park, Shinleaf Recreation Area, the Falls Lake park office and Rolling View Recreation Area.

Other hiking opportunities are available in Beaverdam, Sandling Beach, Rolling View and Shinleaf recreation areas. There are also trails available for campers only at Holly Point and B.W. Wells campgrounds. Information about these and the mountain biking trails are listed below:

 

Duck Cove Trail (TRACK Trail)
Location: Beaverdam Access
Description:

Duck Cove Trail or Beaverdam TRACK Trail is a 0.6-mile hike one way (1.2 miles round-trip). Enjoy a hike through a mixed pine forest along the edge of Beaverdam Lake that leads to a wildlife observation platform overlooking Duck Cove.

 

Point of Interest: Wildlife observation platform overlooking Duck Cove
Length:
0.60 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
Orange circle
Holly Point Trail
Location: This trail travels from the campsites in loop 2 through pine and upland hardwood forests, goes past loops 3, 4, 5 and the amphitheater to the boat ramp parking lot.
Description:

This trail runs between the Holly Point boat ramp and campground loop 2, but parking is only available at the boat ramp. This trail is for registered overnight campers and their guests only.

Point of Interest: Hollypoint Access
Length:
1.10 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
red circle
Surface: Natural surface
Mountain Bike Trail - Inner Loop
Location: Beaverdam access
Description:
Point of Interest:
Length:
1.15 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
yellow diamond
Surface: Natural surface
Rolling View Trail
Location: Rolling View access
Description:

Short trail connecting campground loops A, B, C, swimming beach, and boat launch.

Point of Interest:
Length:
1.50 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
white
Surface: Natural surface, Paved
Rollingview Track Trail
Location:
Description:

The Rolling View Recreation Area TRACK a 0.75 mile loop through a mixed pine forest along the edge of Falls Lake.

Point of Interest:
Length:
0.75 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Blaze:
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