Throughout 2016, North Carolina’s state parks system will celebrate its centennial. In 100 years, the state park system has grown to nearly a quarter-million acres that have been set aside for conservation, recreation and education. Each North Carolina state park will hold a special event to mark the centennial. Wake Forest is home to Falls Lake State Recreation Area and will host a centennial celebration event on May 21, 2016. The Falls Lake Youth Fishing Tournament and Centennial Celebration will be a fun-filled day for families to explore the beauty of the park. Events will be held over the course of the day for ALL ages to enjoy and children ages 5-13 are invited to participate in the fishing tournament (see details below to register for the tournament).
Falls Lake State Park in Wake Forest is a collective of seven access landings scattered around the shoreline of this 12,000-acre reservoir. More than 300 campsites at four of the access areas offer a range of outdoor experience from RV hookups to primitive tent camping and group camps. Bring your swim suits as there are five swim beaches in the recreation area. There are a number of boat ramps, some of which are reserved for paddlers and non-powered boats. The Beaverdam access offers a network of mountain biking trails as well as a separate and quiet lake area perfect for paddling, fishing and swimming. There are tons of areas to explore and the hiking is fantastic. The Mountain to Sea Trail winds through part of the park.
In addition to getting a chance to get out and explore the park, you can also reserve meeting facilitates to host events and family gatherings. The Community Building can be reserved for social functions and holds between 70-120 people depending on seating arrangements. In addition, there are picnic shelters available for rental. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch and bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. Since the park is so close, even going for an hour or two is worth the trip. Entrance fees vary but the standard fee is $6 per car.
The Falls Lake Youth Fishing Tournament and Centennial Celebration will be a perfect day to explore this treasure in Wake Forest! Give fishing with your kids a try even if you don’t know where to start, or if you have some experience but would like to learn some new techniques or tricks this is the day to do it! Youth ages 5 to 13 are invited to pre-register. All fishing gear and bait will be provided for free, or you can bring your own gear. This event is entirely free so make sure to pre-register. To get more information, call the Falls Lake park office at 919-676-1027. The tournament will run from 8:30 am – 2 pm. The park is open on May 21st for the celebration from 7 am – 10 pm. See you there!