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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 from the shore of the Neuse River below the Falls Lake Dam all the way to the Eno River and beyond. A portion of the North Carolina 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 parkland, where all state park regulations apply. The remainder of the trail travels through the North Carolina Wildlife Resources 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 access, the Falls Lake park office and Rolling View access. Learn more about the MST at the North Carolina Trails website.

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.

 


Mountain Bike Trail – Drop Zone
Location: Beaverdam access

Description:

The Drop Zone is an optional, advanced section of the South Loop with some technical hills and drops that may challenge beginner riders. All trails are one way unless otherwise marked and close 30 minutes before gate hours.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
0.90 miles
one way
Difficulty:
strenuous
Blaze:
orange circle

Mountain Bike Trail – Inner Loop
Location: Beaverdam access

Description:

Beaverdam mountain bike trails include three beginner to intermediate loops: Inner Loop, Outer Loop and West Loop. All trails are one way unless otherwise marked and close 30 minutes before gate hours.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
1.10 miles
loop
Difficulty:
moderate
Blaze:
yellow circle

Mountain Bike Trail – Outer Loop
Location: Beaverdam access

Description:

Beaverdam mountain bike trails include three beginner to intermediate loops: Inner Loop, Outer Loop and West Loop. All trails are one way unless otherwise marked and close 30 minutes before gate hours.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
2.20 miles
loop
Difficulty:
moderate
Blaze:
green circle

Mountain Bike Trail – South Loop
Location: Beaverdam access

Description:

Beaverdam mountain bike trails include one advanced loop, South Loop. All trails are one way unless otherwise marked and close 30 minutes before gate hours.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
7.30 miles
loop
Difficulty:
strenuous
Blaze:
blue circle

Mountain Bike Trail – West Loop
Location: Beaverdam access

Description:

Beaverdam mountain bike trails include three beginner to intermediate loops: Inner Loop, Outer Loop and West Loop. All trails are one way unless otherwise marked and close 30 minutes before gate hours.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
2.30 miles
loop
Difficulty:
moderate
Blaze:
red circle
Bike trails:

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13304 Creedmoor Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

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

 

Map of North Carolina

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.