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Jordan Lake State Recreation Area – Fall campsite
Flooding closures   

Due to the extreme flooding at Jordan Lake, we have to close the following campsites through June 7, 2020:

Parkers Creek: 
Loop 1 sites 4 through 47.
Loop 2 Entire loop is closed.

Crosswinds:
Area C sites C36, C40 and C42 are closed.

Poplar Point:
Loop B sites B3 through  B21, B34 through B36, B57, B59, B60 & B79 are closed.
Loop C sites C14 through C16 & C34 & C35 are closed.
Loop F sites F7 through F18, F21 & F22 are closed.
Loop G sites, G14, G30 through G32, G35, G36, G46 & G47 are closed.
Loop H sites H18 through H34, H42 through H48, H56 through H59 are closed.
Loop J sites J17, J20 through J46, J49, and J57 through J75 are closed. 

More sites are possibly going to flood due to the quickly rising water which will also cause the campground roadways to be impassable. Please note that after the water recedes several campsites will be extremely wet and can take days to become dry enough for use causing their closures.  The water levels are predicted to go 10 to 12 feet above the normal pool.  More campsites will be added to the alert as conditions require.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Status of park facilities as of May 22   

The following campgrounds are open as of Friday, May 22: 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 close 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 and hiking trail will re-open Saturday, May 23: During Memorial Day Weekend, 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. Gates open at 8:00am and close 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: Visitor center, Ebenezer boat ramp and day-use area, Seaforth boat ramp and 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 picnic areas, picnic shelters, all boat ramps**, beach areas, group campsites, and primitive campsites at these listed accesses are closed.

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

PHASE THREE reopening: (tentative date July 1)
Full reopening of park facilities closed during earlier phases, including: visitor center; Ebenezer boat ramp and day-use area; Seaforth boat ramp and day-use area; New Hope Overlook; 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, primitive 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: Sunday, May 24, 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
 

  • 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
 


 

 

 

List of 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.


Surface:

Length:
0.50 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
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.


Surface: sand, gravel

Length:
1.00 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
red

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.


Surface: natural surface, gravel

Length:
1.01 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
red

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.


Surface: natural surface, sand, gravel, boardwalk/bridge, stairs

Length:
1.40 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:

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.


Surface: gravel

Length:
5.40 miles
loop
Difficulty:
moderate hike
Blaze:
Red and Blue