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First Day Hike

First Day Hike

Come on out and enjoy a beautiful hike with a ranger at New Hope Overlook. You will be hiking the Blue Loop Trail, which is 2.7 miles long. This is a challenging trail with several steep hills. Hikers will enjoy sweeping views of the lake, mature hardwood forests, groves of mountain laurel and much, much more. What a great way to start the New Year! Plan to meet at the trailhead near the boat ramps. Dress for the weather and bring plenty of snacks. If you're a birder, don’t forget those binoculars! Our winter residents will be in their full glory. No need to register; just show up for the hike. If you would like more information, please contact Ranger Steve McMurray at 919-362-0586 ext. 219 or

Date of Event: 
Sunday, January 1, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Start Location: 
New Hope Overlook

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

280 State Park Road
ApexNorth Carolina 27523
Latitude: 35.735554
Longitude: -79.016569

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Day Use Areas
May-August: 8am to 9pm
September, October, March, April: 8am to 8pm
November-February: 8am to 6pm

May-September : 8am to 10pm
March, April and October: 8am to 9pm
November-February: 8am to 8pm

Closed Christmas Day

Jordan Lake's day use area gates and campground gate open and lock promptly at posted times. No entry or exit is permitted before or after posted gate hours except for law enforcement or medical emergencies. 

Park Office and Information Center Hours
8am - 4:30pm daily 
8am - 5pm weekdays only (November - February)
Closed on November 23, November 24, December 25, 26 and 27 for the holidays.