Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

Trails Status

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Hiking Trails

Open

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About the Park

Map of North Carolina with a star indicating the location of Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

Located in Chatham County 30 miles west of downtown Raleigh, Jordan Lake State Recreation Area includes seven access areas that provide plenty of camping, boating, and swimming opportunities. Campers have more than 1,000 campsites at five accesses to choose from, whether they use a tent, trailer, or RV, and whether they camp with family, friends, or a group. The beautiful lake is one of the largest summertime homes of the bald eagle, and an observation platform makes for easy spotting of our national bird.

Not every access has all the listed facilities. Please check the General Information page to view a table of the facilities at each access.

Camping

  • Tent sites (including backpacking sites)
  • Trailer and RV sites (some with electric and water hookups)
  • Group tent sites (including backpacking sites)
  • Group RV sites
  • Dump stations
  • Showers 
  • Firewood

Activities

  • Hiking (15 miles)
  • Paddling
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking

Amenities

  • Boat ramps
  • Amphitheater
  • Auditorium and classroom
  • Picnic shelters
  • Visitor center and exhibits
  • Beach accesses (lake)
  • Bathhouses

A privately owned marina near Crosswinds campground provides slips and storage, and fishing boat, kayak, and paddleboard rentals.

Plan Your Visit

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Address

280 State Park Road, Apex, NC 27523

GPS: 35.7355, -79.0165

Current Weather

27523 Apex, NC

Address

389 Farrington Road, Apex, NC 27502

GPS: 35.7420, -79.0021

Current Weather

27502 Apex, NC

Address

2582 Beaver Creek Road, Apex, NC 27502

GPS: 35.7082, -79.0157

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27502 Apex, NC

Address

339 W.H. Jones Road, New Hill, NC 27562

GPS: 35.6772, -79.0454

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27562 New Hill, NC

Address

Parkers Creek Beach Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

GPS: 35.7381, -79.0410

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27517 Chapel Hill, NC

Address

558 Beaver Creek Road, Apex, NC 27502

GPS: 35.7289, -79.0044

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27502 Apex, NC

Address

Seaforth Beach Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312

GPS: 35.7354, -79.0380

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27312 Pittsboro, NC

Address

2498 N. Pea Ridge Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312

GPS: 35.7094, -79.0592

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27312 Pittsboro, NC

Address

White Oak Beach Road, Apex, NC 27523

GPS: 35.7384, -79.0122

Current Weather

27523 Apex, NC

Operating Season and Park Hours

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Crosswinds Campground

Area

Opens On

Closes On

Camping areas A to C January 1, 2022 September 6, 2022

Ebenezer Church Access

Area/Facility

Opens On

Closes On

Day-use area open year-round
Picnic shelter #1 open year-round
Picnic shelter #2 and #8 March 7, 2022 October 31, 2022

New Hope Overlook Access

Area

Opens On

Closes On

Trail and boat ramp Open year-round
Camping areas A and B March 7, 2022 November 28, 2022

Parkers Creek Access

Area/Facility/Loop

Opens On

Closes On

Day-use area March 7, 2022 November 14, 2022
Picnic shelters #3 to #6 March 7, 2022 November 14, 2022
Group camp March 7, 2022 November 28, 2022
Camping loop 1 April 4, 2022 October 31, 2022
Camping loop 2 March 28, 2022 October 31, 2022
Camping loop 3 March 21, 2022 October 31, 2022
Camping loop 4 north March 14, 2022 October 31, 2022
Camping loop 4 south March 7, 2022 October 31, 2022

Poplar Point Access

Loop

Opens On

Closes On

Camping loop B April 25, 2022 September 26, 2022
Camping loop C April 11, 2022 December 31, 2022
Camping loop E April 4, 2022 December 31, 2022
Camping loop F April 18, 2022 December 31, 2022
Camping loop G May 2, 2022 September 26, 2022
Camping loop H May 9, 2022 September 6, 2022
Camping loop J May 16, 2022 September 6, 2022

Seaforth Access

Area/Facility

Opens On

Closes On

Day-use area open year-round
Picnic shelter #9 open year-round

Vista Point Access

Area/Facility

Opens On

Closes On

Group camp March 7, 2022 November 28, 2022
RV group camp March 7, 2022 November 28, 2022
Boat ramp March 7, 2022 November 28, 2022
Picnic shelters #7 and #10 March 7, 2022 November 28, 2022

White Oak Area

Area

Opens On

Closes On

Day-use area April 2, 2022 September 25, 2022
Rental open year-round

Note: White Oak is open for day-use during these dates only on weekends and holidays, and when the area is not reserved. 

Crosswinds Campground

Area

Opens On

Closes On

Camping areas A to C April 3, 2023 December 31, 2023

Ebenezer Church Access

Area/Facility

Opens On

Closes On

Day-use area open year-round
Picnic shelter #1 open year-round
Picnic shelter #2 and #8 March 6, 2023 October 29, 2023

New Hope Overlook Access

Area

Opens On

Closes On

Trail and boat ramp Open year-round
Camping areas A and B March 6, 2023 November 26, 2023

Parkers Creek Access

Area/Facility/Loop

Opens On

Closes On

Day-use area March 6, 2023 November 12, 2023
Picnic shelters #3 to #6 March 6, 2023 November 12, 2023
Group camp March 6, 2023 November 26, 2023
Camping loop 1 March 27, 2023 November 12, 2023
Camping loop 2 March 20, 2023 November 12, 2023
Camping loop 3 May 15, 2023 November 12, 2023
Camping loop 4 north March 13, 2023 November 12, 2023
Camping loop 4 south March 6, 2023 November 12, 2023

Poplar Point Access

Loop

Opens On

Closes On

Camping loop B April 10, 2023 September 10, 2023
Camping loop C January 1, 2023 October 1, 2023
Camping loop E January 1, 2023 October 1, 2023
Camping loop F January 1, 2023 October 1, 2023
Camping loop G April 24, 2023 September 4, 2023
Camping loop H May 1, 2023 September 4, 2023
Camping loop J May 8, 2023 September 4, 2023

Seaforth Access

Area/Facility

Opens On

Closes On

Day-use area open year-round
Picnic shelter #9 open year-round

Vista Point Access

Area/Facility

Opens On

Closes On

Group camp March 6, 2023 November 26, 2023
RV group camp March 6, 2023 November 26, 2023
Boat ramp March 6, 2023 November 26, 2023
Picnic shelters #7 and #10 March 6, 2023 November 26, 2023

White Oak Area

Area

Opens On

Closes On

Day-use area April 1, 2023 September 24, 2023
Rental open year-round

Note: White Oak is open for day-use during these dates only on weekends and holidays, and when the area is not reserved. 

Month

Hours

January 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
February 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
March 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
April 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
May 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
June 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
July 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
August 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
September 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
October 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
November 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
December 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Not all day-use areas are open year-round. Please check the park's operating season schedule for dates. 

Jordan Lake's day-use area gates and campground gates open and lock promptly at the posted times. No entry or exit is permitted when the gates are closed, except for law enforcement or medical emergencies.

Month

Hours

January 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
February 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
March 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
April 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
May 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
June 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
July 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
August 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
September 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
October 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
November 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
December 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Not all day-use areas are open year-round. Please check the park's operating season schedule for dates. 

Jordan Lake's day-use area gates and campground gates open and lock promptly at the posted times. No entry or exit is permitted when the gates are closed, except for law enforcement or medical emergencies.

Education

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Photo Gallery

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Top: Rainbow over Jordan, E. Gifford.

Gallery: Boating at sunset, K. Welch  |  Summer beachside scene, staff photo  |  Poplar Point campsite, S. McMurray  |  Boat ramps at New Hope Overlook access, K. Bonifacio  |  Sailboats at Jordan Lake, staff photo