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The Falls Lake Trail runs approximately 60 miles through Durham and Wake Counties in North Carolina following the south bank of the Eno River and the south shore of Falls Lake. The western end is at Old Oxford Highway near Penny's Bend on the Eno River in Durham. The eastern end is at Falls Lake Dam and Tailrace on Falls of Neuse Road north of Raleigh. The Falls Lake Trail is part of North Carolina's Mountains to Sea Trail.
Reduced size images of both sides of the map are shown below.
The map is printed full-color double-sided on plain 11x17 paper and folds to under 3x6 for convenient carrying while hiking.
This map is free to the hiking public by sending me a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE). For instructions, send an email to Art. One per address please. Larger quantities are available to groups or organizations but I must charge a bit to recover some of my cost. For display purposes, I can print the map single-sided on two sheets of paper and not fold it, but this requires the map to be shipped rolled in a tube. Please email with your requirements.
This map is printed using a Xerox Phaser 7500DN color laser printer. Unlike maps printed with inkjet printers, the colors won't bleed in humid weather or if the map becomes damp, but the paper will not survive a soaking.
I can also print the map on Weatherproof Paper. Using this paper, the map can be soaked in water with no problem. It should also be much more durable in the long term although I don't yet have experience with that. Because the paper is so expensive, to help cover my cost, I will request that you send $1 enclosed with your SASE.
This is a companion map to my map of the Eno River Trails. The Eno River Trails are west of the Falls Lake Trail. You can get both maps with one SASE.
Falls Lake Trail West
Falls Lake Trail East
Numerous people have reviewed the map and some have provided content for certain sections. Thank you! The more "eyeballs" you can put on something, the closer you can get to having it just right. That said, all errors are my responsibilty. If you spot a problem, please let me know. The good thing about printing maps on an "as needed" basis is that I can make running updates to keep the map current.
by Joe Miller
A great trail isn't all that great if you don't know where you're going - or can't find it in the first place. Arthur Kelley's Falls Lake Trail map offers long-awaited direction for one of the nation's longest backcountry trails in an urban area. Broken down by access points and mileages between trailheads, this map is invaluable in helping hikers carve short day hikes out of this 60-mile section of the statewide Mountains to Sea Trail. Its bigger perspective is likewise essential in helping trail runners and backpackers plan longer jaunts.
Joe Miller is the author of 100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina and Backpacking North Carolina. He blogs at Get Going NC and NC Hikes.