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#17 of 42 state parks in North Carolina

Best trails in Falls Lake State Recreation Area

810 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Falls Lake State Recreation Area, North Carolina? AllTrails has 20 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 11 easy trails in Falls Lake State Recreation Area ranging from 1.2 to 16.1 miles and from 265 to 406 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Falls Lake State Recreation Area
Park information
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Contact
(919) 676-1027
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Top trails (20)
#1 - Falls Lake Trail (Mountains-to-Sea Trail)
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 24.9 mi • Est. 11 h 12 m
Falls Lake Trail (Mountains-to-Sea Trail) is a 24.9 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Wake Forest, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offeShow more
#2 - Falls Lake Trail: Creedmoor Rd toward Boyce Mill Rd
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 2 h 52 m
Park at the designated trailhead for the MST on the right hand side of Creedmoor Rd. There is parking for about 5/6 cars. If this pulloff is full, park on the left hand side of the road that has spaceShow more
#3 - Falls Lake Trail: Baptist Road to Santee Road
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 3 h 40 m
Falls Lake Trail: Baptist Road to Santee Road is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Durham, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offersShow more
#4 - Falls Lake Trail: Bayleaf Church Rd to Possum Track Rd
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 9 m
Falls Lake Trail: Bayleaf Church Rd to Possum Track Rd is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Raleigh, North Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levelsShow more
#5 - New Light Trail
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 3 h 4 m
Although open to hikers, users have reported that this route is geared more towards mountain biking.Show more
#6 - Falls Lake Trail
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 12.9 mi • Est. 5 h 53 m
Part of the ambitious North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail project to create a walking route from the Smokies to the Outer Banks. The Falls Lake Trail itself is a 60+ mile continuous footpath from PShow more
#7 - Falls Lake Trail: Six Forks Rd to NC98
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
Falls Lake Trail: Six Forks Rd to NC98 is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Wake Forest, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primaShow more
#8 - Falls Lake Trail: Hwy 98 to Hwy 50
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 3 h 25 m
Falls Lake Trail: Hwy 98 to Hwy 50 is a 7.6 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Durham, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number ofShow more
#9 - Shinleaf Day Use Area Trail
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
Shinleaf Day Use Area Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Raleigh, North Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a numberShow more
#10 - Falls Lake Trail: Fish Dam Road to East Geer Street
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 10 m
Falls Lake Trail: Fish Dam Road to East Geer Street is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Durham, North Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. ThShow more
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