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A campsite and view of Jordan Lake during the fall season
Water at campgrounds    

Please be advised that the water at the Crosswinds individual campsites will be turned off on or around December 3, 2021 due to freezing weather so that the spigots will not freeze.  Potable water is available at the shower houses and dump stations for your use.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, November 10, 2021


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 2021, the visitor center is closed on November 25 and 26, December 23 to 27, 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.

 


Poplar Point Campground Trail
Location: Poplar Point Campground Trail

Description:

Poplar Point Campground. The trail winds its way from loop B to loop J and can be accessed from each camping loop.


Surface: gravel

Length:
2.00 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
Red

Vista Point Blue Trail
Location: The parking area next to the entrance station.

Description:

The Blue Trail is a 1 mile loop trail that begins near the entrance gate. Hikers will pass by an old tobacco barn. Summer hikers can look for Cardinal flowers in the wet area near the boardwalk.


Surface: natural surface

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

Vista Point Red Trail
Location: Across from group sites by the restrooms

Description:

The Red Trail is an easy 3 mile hike that begins near the shower house. It is nearly a loop trail, but requires walking along the road about 100 yards to end up back at the shower house. Hikers can rest on a bench along a quiet lake cove and then continue their trek thru beautiful pine and mixed hardwood forests. In winter hikers may enjoy an abundance of green from numerous American Holly trees, while during the fall they may enjoy a broad field of golden Bur Marigolds.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
3.00 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
Red