Falls Lake Loop to Falls Dam is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Raleigh, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.2 miles Elevation Gain: 469 feet Route Type: Loop

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Start at Annie Wilkerson's main parking lot and take the Epps Forest loop trail past the Picnic Shelter to the MST connector. At the boundary of the Preserve, turn right and continue on the MST bearing left on the trail to reach the Visitor's Centre at Falls Dam itself. At the amphitheatre overlooking the Lake, take the single track down past the stage and turn right to follow the track to cross a small bridge on the left and head parallel to the lake shore past the canoe launch and then turn right to head uphill to the dirt track. Turn right before the steps leading to the dam road and by the bench turn right to rejoin the MST. Cross the park road and head through the wooded area and across the park road again and turn left to follow the path and exit road out of the park. This part of the trail is marked Long Leaf trail. A short way down an unmarked trail bears into the woods on the right hand side. Follow the trail until coming out on wide fire road. At its end, turn right to follow the cut off of the water mains line until one intersects with the MST. Turn left to retrace steps on the MST until the Annie Wilkerson Preserve is reached. Follow Epps Forest trail as it loops around the perimeter of the Preserve and exit by the Visitor Centre and parking lot.

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5 months ago

Great trail that is half shade, half open. Mostly stones put down on the trails so you know where you’re going. Didn’t see a single person on the wooded parts. Will definitely come back with friends!

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Thu Apr 25 2019

Very pleasant, not many people out. Well graded trail overall with some ups and downs to keep things interesting, tons of runoff at the dam and a large very recently burned area (no effect on the trail)

Thu Aug 02 2018

Nice trail

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Sun Apr 08 2018

It’s a pretty hike but nothing extraordinary.

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