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Winter campground    

Parker's Creek campground is the campground open for the winter months. Loops 1 & 2 are reservations only and loop 4 is a first come first serve loop. The water is turned off at this time due to freezing temperatures.
The address for Parker's Creek is: Parker's Creek Beach Rd, Chapel Hill, NC.

 Posted on: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 1:33pm
Closure of Loops C & F at Poplar Point   

Loops C & F at the Poplar Point campground are being closed March 12, 2018 thru this fall due to the NC Connect Bond project. All electrical sites in these loops will be upgraded from 30 amp to 50 amp and the shower houses in these loops will be completely renovated. People with reservations during this time will be accomodated with their choice of a full refund or a reservation at a similar campsite elsewhere in the park. 

 Posted on: Friday, February 9, 2018 - 11:20am

 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.
2.00 miles
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
1.00 miles
Round Trip
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
3.00 miles
Round Trip
Surface: Natural surface

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

280 State Park Road
ApexNorth Carolina 27523
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

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 - 5pm daily (March - October)
8am - 5pm weekdays only (November - February)
Closed on November 23, November 24, December 25, 26 and 27 for the holidays.