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Memorial Weekend Beach/Day Use Areas    

  You should expect, and plan for, traffic congestion and delays when driving to the park. Once all parking spaces are full, additional cars will not be allowed into Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. The best time to come is normally early in the morning or late in the afternoon and carpool as much as possible. Bring all food, drinks, and recreational equipment into the park with you.  If you leave the park to purchase soft drinks, lunch, or other items, you may not get back into the park when you return. Do not attempt to park outside of Jordan Lake State Recreation Area and then walk into the park.  Pedestrians will not be allowed into the park. Do not park your vehicle in the “No Parking” zones posted around Jordan Lake.   Law enforcement officials will be enforcing parking violations through fines and by towing illegally parked vehicles.

 

 Posted on: Monday, May 21, 2018 - 1:44pm
Vista Point Closure - Ironman 70.3 Raleigh Triathlon    

Vista Point will be closed to the general public 5-31-18 through 6-3-18 for the Ironman 70.3 Raleigh Triathlon.  Please make plans to use other areas for boat ramps or hiking trails during this time.  Seaforth, Parker's Creek, New Hope and Ebenezer will be alternatives.

 Posted on: Monday, May 21, 2018 - 1:55pm
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.

Point of Interest: Hikers can see some of our most interesting flowering trees such as Fringetree, Magnolia, Sourwood, Dogwood and Witch Hazel. Poplar Point Campground is for registered campers only.
Length:
2.00 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
Red
Surface: Gravel
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.

Point of Interest: Old tobacco farm
Length:
1.00 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
Blue
Surface: Natural surface
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.

Point of Interest: View of lake and forest
Length:
3.00 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
Red
Surface: Natural surface
Contact:

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

280 State Park Road
ApexNorth Carolina 27523
Phone919-362-0586
jordan.lake@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 35.735554
Longitude: -79.016569

Park Hours:

Day Use Areas
May-August: 8am to 9pm
September, October, March, April: 8am to 8pm
November-February: 8am to 6pm

Campgrounds
May-September : 8am to 10pm
March, April and October: 8am to 9pm
November-February: 8am to 8pm

Closed Christmas Day

Jordan Lake's day use area gates and campground gate open and lock promptly at posted times. No entry or exit is permitted before or after posted gate hours except for law enforcement or medical emergencies. 

Park Office and Information Center Hours
8am - 4:30pm daily 
8am - 5pm weekdays only (November - February)
Closed on November 23, November 24, December 25, 26 and 27 for the holidays.