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A campsite and view of Jordan Lake during the fall season
Fall 2020/Winter 2021 Park Office and Campground Information   

The Park Office/Visitor Center will be open 8 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday during the months of November, December, January, and February. The Park Office/Visitor Center will be closed on weekends and all state recognized holidays. 

On Tuesday, December 01, 2020, all water will be cut off to individual campsites for the fall 2020/winter 2021 camping season.  If you should need water, please use the frost proof water spigots located at each shower house. The shower houses will remain open with hot water.

Poplar Point Campground Loops C, E and F will be open year-round to accommodate the fall 2020/winter 2021 camping season. Reservations must be made online or by calling 1-877-722-6762 to camp in Loops C and F. Loop E is first come, first serve/walk in camping.
 

 Last updated on: Saturday, November 7, 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
 

►    2021 Schedule

►    2022 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