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A campsite and view of Jordan Lake during the fall season
Current status of park facilities   

The following campgrounds are open: Parkers Creek campground loops 1, 2, 3 and 4 and the group camping area; Poplar Point campground loops B, C, E, F and G; New Hope primitive areas A and B and Vista Point group camping area.  Boat ramps inside camping facilities are open for campers only. Camping is restricted and the following rules are enforced: no day visitors permitted; two vehicles per site: all beach areas are closed; gates open at 8 a.m. and lock at 10 p.m.; there will be no 24-hour gate access and gate hours are strictly enforced. Shower houses are available, but comfort stations are closed.

New Hope Overlook boat ramp, New Hope Overlook hiking trail, Vista Point boat ramp, Vista Point hiking trail, and Seaforth boat ramp are open.  An entrance fee of $7 per vehicle ($5 for senior citizens and veterans/military) and $20 per bus/van will be collected for any vehicle that enters New Hope Overlook and Seaforth. During the month of September, the fee is charged on weekends only until the last weekend in September. Gates open at 8 a.m. and lock at 8 p.m. 

Robeson Creek canoe access and boat ramp are also open.

The visitor center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the visitor center.

The following facilities remain CLOSED during PHASE 2.5:  Ebenezer boat ramp and day-use area, Seaforth day-use area, Parkers Creek day-use area, and White Oak. These closures include all hiking trails except for New Hope Overlook and Vista Point. All beach areas, picnic areas, picnic shelters, and boat ramps** at these listed accesses are closed. 
**except for boat ramps at campgrounds, New Hope Overlook, Robeson Creek, Vista Point, and Seaforth.

PHASE 3: (Reopening tentative date October 2)
Full reopening of park facilities closed during earlier phases including Ebenezer boat ramp and day-use area; Seaforth day-use area; Parkers Creek day-use area and White Oak. All hiking trails, all picnic areas, all picnic shelters, all boat ramps, and all beach areas will be open.

Please note that Poe’s Ridge boat ramp, managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers, and Farrington Point boat ramp, managed by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, are both currently open. Please check with those agencies for the most up-to-date information regarding those facilities.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of September 11, we are following the new guidelines under phase 2.5.

 Last updated on: Thursday, September 17, 2020

Attention Campers   

Due to changes to our operating procedures, strict implementation of the 3:00pm check out and 4:00pm check in times associated with campsites will begin on June 19, 2020.

 Last updated on: Thursday, August 6, 2020


Map of North Carolina – Jordan Lake State Recreation Area


Contact the park
 

919-362-0586

jordan.lake@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

Visitor center

280 State Park Road
Apex, NC 27523

GPS: 35.7355, -79.0165

 

Crosswinds campground

389 Farrington Road
Apex, NC 27502

GPS: 35.7420, -79.0021

 

Ebenezer Church

2582 Beaver Creek Road
Apex, NC 27502

GPS: 35.7082, -79.0157

 

New Hope Overlook

339 W.H. Jones Road
New Hill, NC 27562

GPS: 35.6772, -79.0454

 

Parkers Creek campground

Parkers Creek Beach Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

GPS: 35.7381, -79.0410

 

Poplar Point campground

558 Beaver Creek Road
Apex, NC 27502

GPS: 35.7289, -79.0044

 

Seaforth

Seaforth Beach Road
Pittsboro, NC 27312

GPS: 35.7354, -79.0380

 

Vista Point campground

2498 N. Pea Ridge Road
Pittsboro, NC 27312

GPS: 35.7094, -79.0592

 

White Oak recreation area

White Oak Beach Road
Apex, NC 27523

GPS: 35.7384, -79.0122
 

Hours
 

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  • November to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     
  • PLEASE NOTE: Jordan Lake's day-use area gates and campground gates open and lock promptly at the posted times. No entry or exit is permitted before or after posted gate hours, except for law enforcement or medical emergencies.
     

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  • November to February:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    8:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • October:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     
  • PLEASE NOTE: Jordan Lake's day-use area gates and campground gates open and lock promptly at the posted times. No entry or exit is permitted before or after posted gate hours, except for law enforcement or medical emergencies.
     

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  • November to February:

Monday to Friday only:
8:00am to 4:30pm
 

  • March to October:

Open daily:
8:00am to 4:30pm
 

  • In 2020, the visitor center is closed on November 26 and 27, December 24 to 28, and New Year's Day
     

Operating season
 

►    2020 Schedule

►    2021 Schedule
 


 

 

 

Things to do

Hiking

The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.

Accessible Activities

Persons with disabilities will find access to a wide range of recreational facilities, including accessible picnic shelters, swim beaches, campsites, and courtesy docks. Most parking lots have special spaces available, and the restrooms are accessible as well. Accessible camping is available at Parker's Creek, Poplar Point, and Crosswinds campgrounds. Accessible group camping is available at both Vista Point and Parker's Creek group camps. The beaches at Ebenezer and Seaforth are accessible, and all the campground beaches are accessible as well. Park staff will guide you to facilities best suited to your needs.

Bald Eagle Watching

On your next visit to Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, see if you can spot our national symbol, the bald eagle, soaring over the waters of Jordan Lake. As Jordan Lake supports the largest concentration of bald eagles in the eastern United States, these majestic birds can often be spotted soaring over the lake in search of fish and other prey.

Though bald eagles are active throughout the daylight hours, the chances of observing an eagle are best during the early morning hours or late in the day. The best time of year for observing eagles around Jordan Lake is during the spring migration northward, generally April, May and June. Areas that offer a wide view of the lake are your best choices. These would include Vista Point, Ebenezer and Seaforth recreation areas.

Boating

Each recreation area has boat-launching ramps providing easy entry to the water. Boat ramps and courtesy docks located at Ebenezer Church and Robeson Creek recreation areas are open 24 hours per day.

All other boat ramps are open during park hours, and visitors must exit the park before the park's closing time. Boating facilities open during park hours include six boat ramps at New Hope Overlook. Seaforth offers six both ramps and Vista Point offers four boat ramps. Boat ramps at day-use areas are open to the public. Crosswinds and Poplar Point campgrounds offer boat ramps and courtesy docks for campers only. Parker's Creek has a small boat ramp for campers only. The Parker's Creek boat ramp has very limited parking and does not have courtesy docks.

Be cautious of underwater hazards such as stumps, logs and rocks. The Uniform Waterway Marker System has been installed for your safety and convenience. Obey all buoys and markers.

Test your sailing skills on Jordan Lake. The most popular area for sailing is Vista Point while windsurfers enjoy Ebenezer Church. Wind speed information can be obtained by dialing 919-387-5969.

The nearby, privately-owned Crosswinds Boating Center rents kayaks and pontoon boats. For more information about the marina and its services, call 919-387-7011.

Check lake levels at the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Fishing

Fishing is a popular sport on the lake. Underwater stumps, logs and rocks help create the perfect environment for bass, crappie, catfish and pan fish. A state fishing license is required, and rules of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission must be obeyed.

Area Attractions

Learn more about area attractions at the Pittsboro-Siler City Convention & Visitors Bureau.