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

VISITOR CENTER CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19 EXPOSURE.

The following campgrounds are open: Parkers Creek campground loops 1, 2, 3 and 4 and the group camping area; Poplar Point campground loops C, E and F; 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.  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 Modified PHASE 3.0:  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.

 Complete re-opening PHASE 3: (tentative re-opening date October 23)
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 October 1, we are following the new guidelines under phase 3.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, October 13, 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
 


 

 

 

History highlights

The New Hope River Valley, now home to the corporate world of Research Triangle Park, has been the site of a broad range of cultures for more than 10,000 years. Archaeologists have explored the remains of 450 prehistoric and historic sites in the area and have uncovered many Native American artifacts. The land was settled by Scottish Highlanders in the 1740s, and it saw action in both the Revolutionary and Civil wars.

Following a disastrous hurricane, which struck the Cape Fear River Basin in 1945, Congress directed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to undertake a comprehensive study of water resource needs in the area. The project, then known as New Hope Lake, was authorized in 1963 and construction began in 1967. In 1973, the name of the project was changed to B. Everett Jordan Dam and Lake in honor of the former senator from North Carolina.

Jordan Lake's 46,768 acres are not only a popular source of recreation. They also provide the water supply for surrounding cities, flood and water quality control, and fish and wildlife conservation.