Camping

Available Camping Facilities

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With more than 300 campsites, pitch your tent or park your RV at Falls Lake.

Many sites offer water and electric hookups. Bathhouses are centrally located in each camping loop. All campsites include a picnic table, outdoor grill, and a lantern hook on the tent pad.

Holly Point offers 158 campsites total, 89 with water and 30-amp electric hookups.

Rolling View offers 115 campsites total, 80 with water and 30-amp electric hookups.

Both Holly Point and Rolling View have a dump station.

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For people who desire a more primitive camping experience, Shinleaf offers tent camping in 46 hike-in sites.

Each site includes a picnic table, outdoor grill, and a lantern hook on the tent pad.

A bathhouse is available for hike-in campers.

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Larger sites are available for group camping at Rolling View, Shinleaf, and B.W Wells. Group camping is available by advance reservation only and is for tents only — no RVs or trailers allowed. Each site accommodates up to 35 people.

Rolling View has four group campsites that are hike-in only, and water is available on each site.

B.W. Wells has 11 group campsites that are hike-in only, and water is available on each site.

Shinleaf has nine group campsites that are drive-up, and water is located nearby.

All campsites have picnic tables, benches, grills, and a campfire ring. Bathhouses are centrally located.

Cancellation Policy for Group Campsites

Please note that group camping reservations must be cancelled at least 14 days prior to the scheduled arrival date. No refunds are issued after the 14-day mark, but campers may reschedule to another date and will be charged only the cancellation fees.

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Important Information

Check-In and Check-Out Times

Check-in at Falls Lake State Recreation Area is 4 p.m. and check-out is at 3 p.m.

Some parks can accommodate early check-in or late check-out, depending on the reservation schedule and site availability. Please contact the park to make such arrangements: falls.lake@ncparks.gov or 984-867-8000.

Amenities

Not all campsites have identical amenities. Read the campsite information on ReserveAmerica to see photos of campsites; check availability and fees; find out whether a specific site is wheelchair accessible, has access to water, bathhouses, or pit toilets, or has RV hookups; and learn other important information.

Gate Access

Please note that the visitor center is separate from the main park facilities, which have multiple access points. Campers should go directly to their campground and not to the park office. All campground gates have 24-hour access.

Firewood

Firewood can be purchased at the park from the entrance stations or campground hosts for $7 a bundle. Fires are permitted only in designated areas and must be tended at all times. Gathering firewood is prohibited.

Please don't transport firewood into our state parks because you could unknowingly spread dangerous insects and diseases and harm the forest. Purchase firewood locally or buy heat-treated firewood. For more information on how to have a risk-free campfire experience, please visit the Don't Move Firewood website.

Making Reservations

All North Carolina state park campgrounds are designated for recreation only. A single campsite can be reserved for a maximum of 14 consecutive nights within any 30-day period. Upon reaching that limit, a camper must vacate the park for 16 nights before returning.

There is no long-term camping or monthly RV parking or storage at the park.

Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance.

Changes and Cancellations

You can now cancel reservations online by logging into your account on ReserveAmerica. Please note that there is a $6 fee per night to cancel your reservation. The fees will be deducted from your refund.

Same-day cancellations will incur an additional charge of one night's camping. You cannot cancel a one-night reservation on the same day. Same-day cancellations can be made only by calling the reservations number at 1-877-722-6762.

If you need to make changes to your reservation, please call ReserveAmerica at 1-877-722-6762. You cannot switch dates, campsites, or parks using your account online — you will be charged the cancellation fees, even if you book a new site.

In the event of a closure for a campsite, campground, or the entire park, you will be contacted automatically by ReserveAmerica to cancel or change your reservation. You will receive a full refund for cancellations due to park closures.

No refunds are issued for "no-shows," early departures, or cancellations made after the arrival date.

Camping Rates per Night

All prices listed on the page include the $3 reservation fee.

Campsite Type Nightly Rate
RV campsite with electric and water hookups $33
Tent/trailer/RV campsite with no hookup $26
Backpack campsite $26
Group campsites
(up to 35 people)
$65

 

Senior Citizen and Military/Veteran Discount

Campers 62 years old or older and any veteran or active military members are eligible for a $6 discount per night on most reservations (except group campsites). When making a reservation online, check the box for the discount program to apply it to your reservation. When you check in at the park, please make sure you have a valid ID with your birthdate or proof of military service or veteran status to confirm the discounted rate.

There are no other discounts or passes for camping.

Volunteer as a Campground Host

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Campground hosts "live in" the park and assist park staff in maintaining the campgrounds and in serving campers. They typically answer questions, provide directions to local amenities, and inform campers of the rules and hours of the campground. They may also help register campers when the visitor center or park office is closed for the day, or they may sell firewood.

Campground hosts serve as the point of contact between campers and on-call rangers. They would report incidents, suspicious behavior, and other situations that may need to be addressed by staff.

Campground hosts serve as volunteers, so they do not get paid. A volunteer work schedule will be arranged with the park's host coordinating ranger. Those interested in serving as campground hosts should be willing to work flexible hours and be prepared to work on weekends and holidays.

Hosts will stay on the host campsite free of charge. Campground hosts serve for 1 month.

Hosts need to be willing to learn about the operations and general information about the park and the local area, in order to effectively assist campers. They must follow and comply with all North Carolina State Parks rules and regulations.

Hosts with pets are permitted, but they must follow pet rules at all times: dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet, and they must be kept in the host's vehicle during quiet hours.