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Campsite, trails and boat ramp closures   

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area is experiencing extreme high lake levels due to recent rain storms causing campsites, hiking trails and boat ramps to close until the water starts to recede.
Please keep in mind that the camping will be very limited to what we can offer over the next two to three weeks which will include the Thanksgiving holiday.  If you have reservations during this time please contact the park office (919-362-0586 ext. 0)  to see if your site is affected.  The park office is open Monday through Friday 8am-4:30 and is closed on weekends and all state holidays. 

 Posted on: Thursday, November 15, 2018
Water at campsites   

Please be advised that the individual water at each campsite will be turned off December 3, 2018 for the winter months as we do not have frost free spigots and they will be in danger of freezing and pipes bursting.  There will be hot water available for showers at the shower houses and water spigots will be available near shower houses for campers to fill up holding tanks on RV/campers as needed.

 Posted on: Friday, November 9, 2018
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.

Point of Interest:
Length:
0.50 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
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.

Point of Interest: Clues to old farms
Length:
1.00 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
red
Surface: Sand, Gravel
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.

Point of Interest:
Length:
1.01 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
red
Surface: Natural surface, Gravel
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.

Point of Interest: Views of lake and old pond
Length:
1.40 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
Surface: Natural surface, Sand, Gravel, Boardwalk, Stairs
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.

Point of Interest: Hikers will enjoy sweeping views of the lake, mature hardwood forests, groves of mountain laurel, lush creek crossings and a variety of wildflowers and ferns.
Length:
5.40 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
Red and Blue
Surface: Gravel
Contact:
jordan.lake@ncparks.gov

280 State Park Road
Apex, NC 27523

919-362-0586
jordan.lake@ncparks.gov

 

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GPS: 35.735554, -79.016569

 

*HOURS FOR DAY-USE AREAS:
  • November to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April and September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
*HOURS FOR CAMPGROUND GATES:
  • November to February:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • March, April and October:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    8:00am to 10:00pm

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.

 

PARK OFFICE HOURS:
  • November to February:
    8:00am to 4:30pm – weekdays only
     
  • March to October:
    8:00am to 4:30pm – daily

Closed on November 22 and 23, December 24 to 26 and New Year's Day