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Status of park facilities as of June 26   

The following campgrounds are open: Crosswinds campground loops A, B and C; Parkers Creek campground loops 1 and 2; and Poplar Point campground loops B, C, F, G, H and J. Boat ramps inside camping facilities will be open for campers only. All camping will be by advance reservations only. No first-come, first-serve walk-in camping. Camping will be restricted and the following rules will be enforced: No day visitors permitted; two vehicles per site: no firewood sales; all beach areas will be closed; gates open at 8:00am and lock at 10:00pm; there will be no 24-hour gate access and gate hours are strictly enforced. Shower houses are available, but comfort stations will be closed. 

New Hope Overlook boat ramp, New Hope Overlook hiking trail and Seaforth boat ramp are open. To ease traffic and parking congestion at New Hope and Seaforth boat ramps, only vehicles hauling boats or jet skis will be permitted to access the boat ramp area. No single vehicles will be allowed, if you are planning to meet with someone who has a boat or jet ski, work out a method of carpooling before arriving. 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. Gates open at 8:00am and lock at 9:00pm. The fee is charged every day until Labor Day. During the month of September, the fee is charged on weekends only until the last weekend in September.

Robeson Creek canoe access and boat ramp are also open.

The following facilities will remain CLOSED during PHASE TWO (May 22 - July 16): Visitor center, Ebenezer boat ramp and day-use area, Seaforth day-use area, Parkers Creek day-use area, Vista Point and White Oak. These closures include all hiking trails with the exception of New Hope Overlook. All beach areas, picnic areas, picnic shelters, group campsites, primitive campsites and boat ramps** at these listed accesses are closed.

**with the exception of boat ramps at campgrounds, New Hope Overlook, Robeson Creek and Seaforth

PHASE THREE: ( Reopening tentative date July 17 )
Full reopening of park facilities closed during earlier phases, including: visitor center; Ebenezer boat ramp and day-use area; Seaforth day-use area; New Hope Overlook primitive campsites; Parkers Creek day-use area; Vista Point; and White Oak. All hiking trails, all picnic areas, all picnic shelters, all boat ramps, all beach areas, group campsites, Poplar Point campground loop E, and Parkers Creek campground loops 3 and 4 will be open.

Please note that Poes 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.

 Last updated on: Friday, July 3, 2020

Attention Campers   

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

 Last updated on: Friday, June 19, 2020

Map of North Carolina – Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

Contact the park



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 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



  • 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.


  • 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.


  • November to February:

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

  • June to August:

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




Scheduled events

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.


This event has been canceled until further notice.

Catch a Sure Thing (C.A.S.T.) – We provide the bait, tackle, and expertise. You are encouraged to bring your own equipment. You provide a child between the ages of 6 and 12 who wants to go fishing.  This program is limited to groups of 6 children.  They will learn how to bait a hook, types of fish found in the lake, and if willing how to unhook a fish! (Hands on Activity  ● Group size ≤ 6 ● Ages – 6-12 ● Length – 1 1/2 hours) Please call the park office at 919 362-0586 ext. 218 to register your child. Please leave the child's name and a parent or guardian's name and contact number. Spaces are limited. The program will be held every Sunday from May 3 – August 30th.  Program time 9:00am-10:30am.

No CAST programs offered on April 19th, May 24th, June 28th and July 5th.

Date of Event:
Sun, 04/05/2020 - 9:00am to Sun, 08/30/2020 - 10:30am
Start Location:
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area visitor center