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 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
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. The trail winds its way from loop B to loop J and can be accessed from each camping loop.
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.
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.
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Day Use Areas
May-August: 8am to 9pm
September, October, March, April: 8am to 8pm
November-February: 8am to 6pm
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.