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Falls Lake State Recreation Area

13304 Creedmoor Rd.Falls Lake State Recreation Area
Wake Forest, NC 27587
(919) 676-1027

Picnicking

All recreation areas offer picnic sites with outdoor grills and tables. Drinking water is located nearby. Sandling Beach, Rolling View and Beaverdam have picnic shelters of various sizes with drinking water and restrooms nearby. Highway 50 offers picnic tables, grills, trash receptacles and nearby restrooms.

Use of picnic shelters is free on a first-come, first-served basis; a fee is charged to reserve a shelter. This facility can be reserved through our central reservation system.

About

Hours of relaxation await you at Falls Lake State Recreation Area. Just moments away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Falls Lake is a great way to escape urban life. With a 12,000-acre lake and 26,000 acres of woodlands, Falls Lake State Recreation Area offers a choice of recreation areas Beaverdam, B.W. Wells, Highway 50, Holly Point, Rolling View, Sandling Beach and Shinleaf.

Fishing, boating and swimming are only a few of the activities awaiting you on the water. On land, you can enjoy walking, mountain biking or camping along a portion of the state's Mountains-to-Sea Trail. From recreation to environmental education, no matter what you are looking for, you are sure to discover it at Falls Lake.

Directions

Falls Lake State Recreation Area, which consists of seven individual parks, is located at Falls Lake in Wake and Durham counties, approximately 10 miles north of Raleigh and 12 miles east of Durham.

Park Office and Information Center:

  • The Falls Lake State Recreation Area park office is at 13304 Creedmoor Road (NC 50)in Wake Forest, one mile north of the intersection of NC 98 just before the bridge over the lake.

  • Traveling west on I-40 or US 64 toward Raleigh, take I-440 (the beltline) north to US 1. Follow US 1 north to NC 98 at the town of Wake Forest. Take NC 98 west approximately eight miles to NC 50. Turn right onto NC 50 and travel north one mile to the park office/information center, which is on the right just before the bridge.

  • Traveling east on I-40 toward Raleigh, turn north on I-540 (the outer loop). Travel north on 1-540 to NC 50, and take NC 50 north approximately eight miles to park office/information center, which is on the right just before the bridge.

  • Traveling south on I-85 toward Durham, take Exit 191, then turn east on NC 56 and travel to NC 50 at the town of Creedmoor. Turn south on NC 50 and drive approximately eight miles to the park office/information center, which is on the left immediately past the bridge.

  • Traveling north on I-85 toward Durham, travel through Durham, and take US 70 east toward Raleigh. Turn east on NC 98 and travel toward Wake Forest for approximately eight miles to NC 50. Take NC 50 north for one mile to the park office/information center, which is on the right just before the bridge.

Directions to individual recreation areas:

  • Sandling Beach and Beaverdam are located on NC 50, three miles north of NC 98.  The Highway 50 Boat Launch is located on NC 50, two miles north of NC 98. Rollingview is located at 4201 Baptist Road in Durham. Baptist Road is on NC 98, approximately five miles east of Durham and seven miles west of NC 50.

  • Shinleaf and Holly Point are located at 13708 and 14500 New Light Road in Wake Forest, one and two miles north of NC 98 and one mile east of NC 50.

  • B.W. Wells is located at 1630 Bent Road in Wake Forest, approximately five miles east of NC 50 and three miles west of US 1/Wake Forest. From NC 98, take Stony Hill Road north and turn left on Bud Morris Road. Turn left on Bent Road and follow it to the recreation area.

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