Forest Lake
North Carolina

192 Thousand Trails Dr.
Advance, NC 27006

Ranger Station: (336) 998-4135, ext. 222

Address above is not to be used for mail delivery to members.
Please have mail sent to:
General Delivery, Advance, NC 27006.

Located on 305 acres in the heart of the Piedmont Region, this preserve is filled with forests, rolling hills and green fields once part of the Cooleemee cotton and tobacco plantation, which dates back to 1817. The lake on the property offers fishing, boating and a swimming beach. Winston-Salem, one of the South’s more illustrious cities, features a restoration of the original town, plus other attractions (20 miles).


Campsites: 262 full hookups, 12 tent sites with power and water.

Rentals: 18 cabins, 3 Getaway cabins.

Member Amenities

Adult center, ballfield, basketball court, beach, family center, game room, horseshoe pits, lake, laundry facilities, lighted tennis courts, mini-golf, playground, shuffleboard, softball field, spa, swimming pools, Wi-Fi access.

Points of Interest

  • Yadkin River, 1/4 mile
  • Lexington, 10 miles
  • Mocksville, 10 miles
  • Winston-Salem, 20 miles
  • Reynolda Village Botanical Gardens, 35 miles
  • North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro, 40 miles
  • Blue Ridge Parkway, 60 miles
  • Linville Caverns, 120 miles


GPS Coordinates: N 35° 51' 26.68" W 80° 23' 44.56"; elevation is 758 feet.

From the west: Traveling east on I-40, turn right onto Hwy. 64 East at Mocksville exit. Travel southeast on Hwy. 64 through Mocksville for 15 miles to the preserve, on the left.

From the southwest: Traveling northeast on I-85, take Exit 87 and get onto combination Business 85-Hwy. 29/70-Hwy. 52. Drive six miles to Hwy. 64 West at Lexington. Then drive eight miles west to the preserve. The preserve is on the right, the first road after crossing the Yadkin River.

From the northeast: Traveling southwest, on either Business 85 out of Greensboro or Hwy. 52 South, turn right onto Hwy. 64 West at Lexington and travel west eight miles to the preserve. The preserve is on the right, the first road after crossing the Yadkin River.