Falls Lake State Recreation Area RV & Campground Guide

North Carolina

The Falls Lake State Recreation Area consists of seven access points at various places around the 12,000-acre Falls Lake Reservoir. Each access point offers unique opportunities to play on the water and go fishing. Each also offers spectacular scenery. There are five swimming beaches, so you can easily find one with plenty of space for your entourage. The Mountains-to-Sea State Trail runs through some access points while others some different hiking opportunities. This park's headquarters is located about 13 miles northwest of Wake Forest, 21 miles north of Raleigh, and 11 miles east of Durham, North Carolina. 

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Spring 47-71 F
Summer 67-87 F
Fall 59-79 F
Winter 32-52 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Falls Lake State Recreation Area

Pack up your RV and head to a campground near Falls Lake State Recreation Area. If you do not have an RV, consider getting a rental in nearby Raleigh

Falls Lake/Holly Point Campground

Falls Lake/Holly Point Campground offers camping spots with hookups and pads with no hookups. Rates start at$15 at this campground that has a boat ramp, swimming beach, and fishing opportunities.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Beach, fishing, boat ramp

Falls Lake/Rolling View Campground

This campground has a marina and swimming beach. Your children are sure to love the playground at Falls Lake/Rolling View Campground, where rates start at about $15 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes 30 amp only

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Marina, playground, swimming beach

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What to Do at
Falls Lake State Recreation Area

Inside Falls Lake State Recreation Area

It may be difficult to choose your favorite area from the seven different Falls Lake State Recreation Area sites. Six of the areas offer boat ramps or launching facilities, and you can rent various watercraft at the Rolling View access point. Anglers regularly pull bass, bluegill, catfish, and crappie out of the lake. Sandling Beach, Rolling View, and Beaverdam offer sandy swimming beaches open to the public while Holly Point has a swimming beach open only to campers. Large picnic facilities are available at Sandling Beach, Rolling View, and Beaverdam that you can reserve for special events. 

Outside Falls Lake State Recreation Area

This park's location in the Research Triangle means that you're in one of North Carolina's biggest metro areas. There are excellent places to dine and shop along with numerous attractions you will want to visit. This state park's proximity to some of North Carolina's largest cities makes it a great area to explore. 


Brigs at the Forest

If you are craving breakfast, then check out Brigs at the Forest, where hearty breakfasts are served from opening to closing. You can also find a wide selection of salads and sandwiches.

Type: American

Location: 12338 Wake Union Church Rd., Wake Forest, NC 27587

Charlie's Kabob Grill

The owner travels to Lebanon each year to bring back aromatic spices infused into the salads, gyros, and other offerings at Charlie's Kabob Grill. You can also find a wide assortment of wines from Lebanon along with outstanding Turkish coffee.

Type: Lebanese

Location: 12235 Capital Blvd., Wake Forest, NC 27587


Enjoy perfectly seasoned chicken, made-from-scratch biscuits, and your favorite Southern sides at Bojangles. The owners at this restaurant put a large emphasis on giving back to the community. Diners have been loving the food from this restaurant since 1977.

Type: American

Location: 1432 Brogden Woods Dr., Wake Forest, NC 27587


Following the Lebanon Civil War, the Saleh family moved to the area and opened a bakery because they missed Lebanon's artesian bread. That bakery has grown into Sassool, where you can find many types of meat and vegetarian entrees based on recipes that have been passed down through the Saleh family.

Type: Lebanese

Location: 9650 Strickland Rd., Raleigh, NC 27615

Margaux's Restaurant

Margaux's Restaurant serves a creative menu featuring a fusion of French, Asian, and Southern cuisine that changes regularly. One thing that does not change at this upscale restaurant is that you will be treated with Southern hospitality.

Type: Fusion

Location: 8111 Creedmoor Rd., Suite 111, Raleigh, NC 27613


Harvest Moon Trading Co

Find unique jewelry, clothes, signs, candles, and more at Harvest Moon Trading Co, where many items are handmade and one-of-a-kind.

Location: 3901 Burlington Mills Rd., Wake Forest, NC 27587

The Cotten Company

Select clothing, handbags, pottery, household decor, and more at this store where 12 artists and 50 small businesses are featured in a historic warehouse setting at The Cotton Company.

Location: 306 S White St., Wake Forest, NC 27587

Mantique Collectibles

Browse through a wide assortment of vintage items at Mantique Collectibles, including military items, vintage posters, first responders' items, lunch boxes, and more. This store shares space with The Kitchen Store and Simply Fun Artist, operated by the owner's wife and daughter.

Location: 708 N Main St., Wake Forest, NC 27587


Regardless of the type of clock you are looking for or its age, you are likely to find it at Clocktiques. They also repair clocks and luxury watches.

Location: 2004 S Main St. #104, Wake Forest, NC 27587

North Carolina General Store

Stop here to stock up on food products made in North Carolina to create your savory dishes at your campsite or home at the North Carolina General Store. You can also find some local art for sale.

Location: 150 S White St., Wake Forest, NC 27587


Wake Forest Historical Museum

Wake Forest Historical Museum sits on the former grounds of Wake Forest College, which is now called Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. See many exhibits related to the college's history and stroll through the beautiful gardens.

Location: 414 N Main St., Wake Forest, NC 27587

The Factory Skateboard Park

Obstacles and ramps are available for all ability levels at the 25,0000-square-foot The Factory Skateboard Park. Part of this facility is located inside and part outside.

Location: 1839 S Main St., Wake Forest, NC 27587

E. Carroll Joyner Park

Check the schedule to take in a concert at the 1,000-seat amphitheater at E. Carroll Joyner Park. This park also features two gardens and three miles of hiking paths.

Location: 701 Harris Rd., Wake Forest, NC 27587

Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club

Improve your golf game on 8,000-square-feet of putting greens at Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club before playing the Bob Moore-designed 18-hole course. You will also find a restaurant, banquet facility, a pro shop, and more.

Location: 1250 Heritage Club Ave., Wake Forest, NC 27587

Carl Alwin Schenck Memorial Forest

Watch for birds and wildlife as you stroll through the forest at Carl Alwin Schenck Memorial Forest. This facility is a teaching and research facility for the University of North Carolina.

Location: Raleigh, NC 27607

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How to Get to
Falls Lake State Recreation Area

The Visitors Center at Falls Lake State Recreation Area is easy to reach from Wake Forest, North Carolina. Get on NC-98 W/Durham Road when leaving town. Turn left on NC-50 N/Creedmoor Rd, and you will reach the Visitors Center in about 1.7 miles. You will pass the Beaverdam area and the Highway 50 area before getting to the Visitors Center. These directions will also take you to the Sandling Beach area, which is located a short distance further down the road. 

If you want to go to the B.W. Walls Campground area from Wake Forest, then take NC-98 west out of Wake Forest. Turn right on Stony Hill Road. This campground is at the intersection of Stony Hill Road and Bent Road. 

Reach the Holly Point Campground from Wake Forest by following NC-98 west to New Light Road. Turn right and continue on this road to reach this area. After turning on New Light Road, you will pass this park's Shinleaf campground area. 

The last area of this park is the Rolling View area. Again, take NC-98 west out of Wake Forest. Turn right on Southview Road and another right on Baptist Road.

Entering Falls Lake State Recreation Area

Park hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from November to February, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in March and April, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. May to August and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in September and October.

Falls Lake State Recreation Area Per passenger vehicle : $7.0

Falls Lake State Recreation Area Bus or van : $20.0

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