Falls Lake State Recreation Area

Raleigh, North Carolina

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Falls Lake Recreation Area was developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to control damaging floods and to supply a source of water for surrounding communities. The area consists of a 12,000-acre lake surrounded by 26,000 acres of land and consists of seven individual parks managed by the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation. Habitats: Bottomland hardwoods, pine, mixed deciduous and scrub forests, field habitats, natural and artificial sandy areas, wetland, lake and stream habitats. Key birds: Summer: Broad-winged Hawk; Chuck-will’s-widow; Whip-poor-will; Eastern Kingbird; Cliff Swallow; Hooded Warbler; Scarlet and Summer Tanager. Winter: Horned Grebe; Greater Scaup; Hooded Merganser; Loggerhead Shrike. Year-round: Bald Eagle; Red-headed Woodpecker; Brown-headed Nuthatch.
Birding North Carolina

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Birding North Carolina

by Edited by Marshall Brooks and Mark Johns (Falcon Guides)

Falls Lake Recreation Area was developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to control damaging floods and to supply a source of water for surrounding communities. The area consists of a 12,000-acre lake surrounded by 26,000 acres of land and consists of seven individual parks managed by the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation. Habitats: Bottomland hardwoods, pine, mixed deciduous and scrub forests, field habitats, natural and artificial sandy areas, wetland, lake and stream habitats.

Key birds: Summer: Broad-winged Hawk; Chuck-will’s-widow; Whip-poor-will; Eastern Kingbird; Cliff Swallow; Hooded Warbler; Scarlet and Summer Tanager. Winter: Horned Grebe; Greater Scaup; Hooded Merganser; Loggerhead Shrike. Year-round: Bald Eagle; Red-headed Woodpecker; Brown-headed Nuthatch.

©  Edited by Marshall Brooks and Mark Johns/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Raleigh
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Good all year
Driving Directions: Directions to Falls Lake State Recreation Area

Recent Trail Reviews

8/24/2008
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Made about a 6 mile trip starting at NC 50 (Creedmoor road)by the lake. This is the second time that I've done this hike and it is pretty nice. There are some steep but not high grades and a lot of roots in places but there are good, solid bridges over all creeks. The trail takes you right down to the lake in a couple of places. It is definitely a worthwhile hike. I intend to eventually hike the whole trail (34 miles currently).



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