Jordan Lake State Recreation Area (35.740669, -79.014211)
Camping Canoe Access Swimming Fishing Wheelchair Accessible Park Office Bathrooms Shower Playground Picnic Area

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Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

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Overview Map: .jpg, .pdf
Crosswinds Map: .jpg, .pdf
Ebenezer Church Map: .jpg, .pdf
New Hope Map: .jpg, .pdf
Parker's Creek Map: .jpg, .pdf
Poplar Point Map: .jpg, .pdf
Seaforth Map: .jpg, .pdf
Vista Point Map: .jpg, .pdf
County: Chatham
Acres: 46,768
Trails: 18.9 miles
Difficulty: Easy - moderate
Park Hours:
8 AM - 6 PM Nov - Feb
8 AM - 8 PM March, April, Sept, Oct
8 AM - 9 PM May - Aug
Closed December 25th
Office Hours:
8 AM - 5 PM
Closed December 25th

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area comprises 9 recreation areas on 46,768 acres surrounding a 14,000-acre man-made lake. Jordan Lake is known for having an abundance of bald eagles. The best places to view bald eagles are on the NC 751 bridge and the Wildlife Resources Commission's Wildlife Observation Deck overlooking Eagle Island off of NC 751. In addition to wildlife viewing, there's hiking, camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, canoeing, and swimming.

While it is free to access the lake at any of the off road areas, there is an entrance fee to get into the 9 recreation areas. The fee is $6 per car, $15 per bus or van, and $4 for senior citizens (62+ years old). There are also additional fees for picnic shelters and camp sites.


Crosswinds Campground:
Crosswinds Trail (1.5 miles, easy)
Ebenezer Church Recreation Area:
Connector Trail (0.5 mile, easy)
Ebenezer Church Trail (1.0 mile, easy)
Old Oak Trail (1.0 mile, easy)
New Hope Overlook:
New Hope Trail (5.4 miles, moderate)
Parker's Creek:
Children's Nature Trail (0.5 mile, easy)
Connector Trail (1.5 miles, easy)
Poplar Point Campground:
Poplar Point Trail (2.0 miles, easy)
Pond Trail (1.5 miles, easy)
Vista Point:
Blue Trail (1.0 mile, easy)
Red Trail (3.0 miles, easy)
White-tailed deer, beavers, river otters, woodchucks, groundhogs, chipmunks, squirrels, raccoons, catfish, bowfish, bass, sunfish, shad, crappie, freshwater mussels, crayfish, snakes, turtles, frogs, toads, great blue herons, belted kingfishers, bald eagles, osprey, cormorants, songbirds, ducks, loons, seagulls, hawks, owls, wild turkeys, blue-tailed skinks, butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies, and velvet ants.
Unfortunately, there has been extensive deforestation for new subdivisions around Jordan Lake, so wildlife viewing is becoming increasingly difficult.

Plant Life
Mushrooms, azaleas, wildflowers, honeysuckles, kudzu, wisteria, sassafras, sumac, poison oak, poison ivy, river birches, ironwoods, dogwoods, eastern red cedars, beech trees, oak trees, pine trees, red maples, black walnuts, yellow poplars, southern magnolias, and eastern redbuds.

Eagle Island, Jordan Lake Dam

External Links
Official Site
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Jordan Lake and Dam
Clean Jordan Lake


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