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Closures due to flooding at Jordan Lake   

We have trails, campsites and picnic shelters affected by the flooding throughout Jordan Lake.
For additional information contact the park office.

Robeson Creek boat ramp and Canoe access are the only boat ramps open at this time managed by NC Parks, however the courtesy docks are underwater.  The Corps. of Engineers manage the water levels at Jordan. If more information is needed on the water levels please contact the Corps. at the below website:

https://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes-and-Dams/B-Everett-Jordan/ 

 

 Last updated on: Monday, April 15, 2019

Poplar Point Loop C & F closures   

Effective immediately Loops C and F at Poplar Point campground will be closed indefinitely due to issues with bathroom/showerhouses.  People with reservations will be contacted by park staff with further information.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Trails

 There are numerous hiking trails at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. All are easy walking and suitable for all trekkers of all ages, although the New Hope Trail is more strenuous than others. Pets must be leashed at all times and bicycles are not permitted on any trails at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area.

 

Children's Nature Trail
Location: Parker's Creek access area
Description:

This loop trail begins at Picnic Shelter #3. Hikers will enjoy a long boardwalk and an old farm pond. This is the best trail for spotting old tobacco rows, the last clues of the farm fields of the past. Spring hikers may notice Jack-in-the-Pulpit flowering along the trail.

Point of Interest:
Length:
0.50 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
Ebenezer Church Old Oak Trail
Location: Ebenezer Church Recreation Area. The trailhead is at Area A across from shelter #8.
Description:

The Old Oak Trail is an easy 1 mile loop trail that begins at the parking lot in the Ebenezer Picnic Area 1. This trail can be cut to 1/2 mile by taking the shortcut loop, making this trail great for small children. Hikers will see large hollow oaks, 2 ponds, fence-rows and clues of the farms that used to fill the area.

Point of Interest: Clues to old farms
Length:
1.00 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
red
Surface: Sand, Gravel
Ebenezer Church Trail
Location: Ebenezer Church Recreation Area. The trailhead is at the southeast corner of the beach parking lot.
Description:

The trail passes the site of the historic Ebenezer Church for which the area was named. An interpretive display marks the location. Parts of the path follow an abandoned roadbed and traverse a large farm pond.

Point of Interest:
Length:
1.01 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
red
Surface: Natural surface, Gravel
Jordan Lake Track Trail/Seaforth Pond Trail
Location: Seaforth access area
Description:

The Pond Trail is an easy 1.25 mile trail. The path is nearly a loop, it begins at the display case on the western side of the beach parking lot and ends near the picnic shelter #9. Hikers will enjoy glimpses of the lake while walking thru Loblolly Pine forests, hardwood forests, an old field and past 3 ponds. A long boardwalk traverses a wetland teaming with Buttonbush, Black Needle Rush and other water-loving vegetation. A Track Trail has been set up on this trail for self guided family nature hikes.

Point of Interest: Views of lake and old pond
Length:
1.40 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
Surface: Natural surface, Sand, Gravel, Boardwalk, Stairs
New Hope Trail
Location: New Hope Overlook. The trail begins near the bathrooms at the boat ramp.
Description:

The trail is comprised of two loops. The red loop is 5.4 miles and the blue loop is 2.7 miles in length. This is the most challenging trail with several steep hills.

Point of Interest: Hikers will enjoy sweeping views of the lake, mature hardwood forests, groves of mountain laurel, lush creek crossings and a variety of wildflowers and ferns.
Length:
5.40 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
Red and Blue
Surface: Gravel

280 State Park Road
Apex, NC 27523

919-362-0586
jordan.lake@ncparks.gov

 

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GPS: 35.735554, -79.016569

 

  • 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

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:
    8:00am to 4:30pm – weekdays only
     
  • March to October:
    8:00am to 4:30pm – daily

Closed on November 28 and 29, December 24 to 26 and New Year's Day