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Winter Storm Closure Update - All Areas Open   

All Falls Lake recreation areas have now been re-opened from the winter storm (that are normally scheduled to be open at this time).  Some satellite areas are still closed until crews can ensure the roads are clear.  Please always use caution anytime there may be ice or snow when driving, biking, or walking in the park.

 Last updated on: Monday, December 10, 2018

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:

 Last updated on: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Falls Lake State Recreation Area

Falls Lake State Recreation Area is a collective of seven access areas scattered around the shoreline of this undeveloped, 12,000-acre reservoir. More than 300 campsites at four of the access areas offer a range of outdoor experience from RV hookups to primitive tent camping and group camps. There are five swim beaches in the recreation area and a number of boating ramps, some reserved for paddlers and non-gasoline powered boats. The Beaverdam access offers a network of mountain biking trails as well as a separate and quiet lake impoundment perfect for paddling, fishing and swimming. The Mountains-to-Sea State Trail winds through parts of the recreation area and is a centerpiece of a network of hiking trails.

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Apple Maps is providing incorrect directions to Shinleaf campgrounds. Entering the campgrounds address — 13708 New Light Road in Wake Forest — will take you to private property.

We are working on remedying the issue with Apple. In the meantime, please follow these directions to get to the campground:

From Durham, take N.C. 98 E for about 12 miles. Turn left onto New Light Road. After half a mile, the entrance to Shinleaf area will be on your right.

From Wake Forest/U.S. 1, take N.C. 98 W for 9 miles. Turn right onto New Light Road. After half a mile, the entrance to Shinleaf area will be on your right.

From Raleigh, go north on Six Forks Road. After about 16 miles, once you cross N.C. 98/Durham Road, Six Forks Road turns into New Light Road. The entrance to Shinleaf area will be on your right.



Falls Lake State Recreation Area

13304 Creedmoor Rd
Wake ForestNC 27587
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


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