Falls Lake State Recreation Area

Trails Status

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Hiking Trails

Open

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Bike Trails

Open

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About the Park

Map of North Carolina with a star indicating the location of Falls Lake State Recreation Area

Located in Durham and Wake counties 15 miles east of downtown Durham, Falls Lake State Recreation Area provides seven access areas to the reservoir. More than 300 campsites offer a variety of overnight experiences. Trails include a portion of the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail, as well as one of the premier mountain bike trail systems in the Triangle area, located at Beaverdam access. During the spring and fall, migrating monarch butterflies add to the picturesque beauty of the lake.

Not every access has all the listed facilities. Please check the General Information page to view a table of the facilities at each access.

Camping

  • Tent sites (including backpacking sites)
  • Trailer and RV sites (some with electric and water hookups)
  • Group campsites (including backpacking sites)
  • Dump stations
  • Showers
  • Firewood

Activities

  • Hiking (25 miles)
  • Biking (14 miles)
  • Paddling
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking

Amenities

  • Boat ramps
  • Amphitheaters
  • Community building
  • Picnic shelters
  • Visitor center and exhibits
  • Beach accesses (lake)
  • Bathhouses

A privately owned marina next to Rolling View access offers a concession stand, marina slips and storage, and kayak, canoe, and paddleboard rentals.

Plan Your Visit

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Address

13304 Creedmoor Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 36.0116, -78.6888

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27587 Wake Forest, NC

Address

14600 Creedmoor Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 36.0362, -78.6850

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27587 Wake Forest, NC

Address

13900 Creedmoor Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 36.0216, -78.6902

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27587 Wake Forest, NC

Address

4201 Baptist Road, Durham, NC 27703

GPS: 36.0085, -78.7291

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27703 Durham, NC

Address

14601 Creedmoor Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 36.0423, -76.6984

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27587 Wake Forest, NC

Address

13708 New Light Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 35.9938, -78.6595

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27587 Wake Forest, NC

Address

1630 Bent Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 35.9861, -78.6315

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27587 Wake Forest, NC

Address

14424 New Light Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587

GPS: 36.0100, -78.6575

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27587 Wake Forest, NC

Operating Season and Park Hours

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Beaverdam Access

Area Opens On Closes On
Day-use area Open year-round

 

B.W. Wells Campground

Season Opens On Closes On
Spring season March 15, 2022 June 1, 2022
Fall season September 2, 2022 December 1, 2022

 

Highway 50 Access

Area/Loop/Facility Opens On Closes On
Day-use area Open year-round

 

Holly Point Campground

Loop Opens On Closes On
Loop 1 May 23, 2022 September 15, 2022
Loop 2 March 15, 2022 December 1, 2022
Loop 3 January 1, 2022 December 31, 2022
Loop 4 March 15, 2022 November 1, 2022
Loop 5 May 23, 2022 November 1, 2022

 

Rolling View Access

Area/Loop Opens On Closes On
Day-use area Open year-round
Campground Loop A Closed due to construction for 2022
Campground Loop B Closed due to construction for 2022
Campground Loop C Closed due to construction for 2022
Group camp Open year-round

 

Sandling Beach Access

Area/Loop/Facility Opens On Closes On
Day-use area April 1, 2022 October 1, 2022

 

Shinleaf Access

Area/Loop/Facility Opens On Closes On
Hike-in campground Open year-round
Group campground Open year-round

Month Hours
January 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
February 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
March 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
April 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
May 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
June 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
July 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
August 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
September 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
October 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
November 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
December 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Not all day-use areas are open year-round. Please check the park's operating season schedule for dates. 

All campground gates have 24-hour access when the campground is operating.

Please check the park's operating season schedule for dates.

Education

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Photo Gallery

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Top: Fishing at the Rolling View pier, K. Bonifacio

Gallery: Sandling Beach sunset, M. Walker  |  Bicyclist at Beaverdam, C. Peek  |  Cove at Shinleaf access, G. Orcutt  |  Fall colors at Rolling View, K. Bonifacio  |  Boat fishing in the fog at Beaverdam, D. Mumford