Falls Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Durham County, North Carolina. It is within Falls Lake Recreation Area. It is 6.3 miles long and begins at 260 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,681 feet. Along the trail there is a bench.
Falls Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This hike explores the shoreline of Falls Lake at Rollingview, a unit of Falls Lake State Recreation Area. Leave the main trailhead and roll through woods. Traverse firemanaged pine lands, coming to a cascade then reaching a small beach and extensive shoreline lake view. From there backtrack then make a loop, visiting a pond and coming to an old homesite. Enjoy more lake views before turning around."
--Johnny Molloy , Best Hikes Near Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill (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, Birding North Carolina (Falcon Guides).
"The 34-mile Falls Lake Trail is likely the best trail in the Triangle that not many people know about—perhaps because Falls Lake is more associated with boating than hiking. Whatever the reason, the Falls Lake Trail offers some dandy hiking minus the crowds you’ll find at Raleigh’s Umstead State Park or Eno River State Park in Durham and Orange counties. This solitude is curious considering the trail is frequently within earshot of busy roadways and butts up to a growing number of homes. Still, the trail, which constitutes a sizeable chunk of the 900-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail’s passage through the Triangle, does an admirable job of offering escape."
--Joe Miller, 100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina (The Mountaineers Books).
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