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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.

 

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 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.