Jordan Lake State Recreation Area - Jordan Lake, NC

Hiking Jordan Lake

The Jordan Lake State Recreation Area is located approximately 30 miles from Raleigh, North Carolina. Located on the shore of Jordan Lake the park provides numerous activities for nature lovers or those looking to just get away for the day. Activities available at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area include, camping, boating, fishing, hiking, swimming, and picnicking.


The Jordan Lake Rec Area features 5 campgrounds with a total of 630 campsites. Campsites are available for RV’s, tent camping, and group camping. Amenities vary by campground and include, electrical and water hook-ups, showers, restrooms, dump stations, hiking trails, boat ramps, picnic tables, grills, and swimming beaches. Accessible campsites are also available.


There are 11 boat ramp locations located throughout the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. These ramps provide easy access to the waters of Jordan Lake. The ramps at Ebenezer Church and Robeson Creek are open 24 hours. All other ramps are open during park operating hours. The Seaforth and New Hope Overlook Rec areas both feature 6 ramps and Vista Point Rec area features 4 ramps. All day use ramps are open to the public and feature floating docks next to the ramps. There are boat ramps at Crosswinds, Poplar Point, and Parker’s Creek campgrounds, these are for campers only.

For Sailors and Wind Surfers wind speed information is available at (919) 387-5969.


All fisherman must obey the rules of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and a valid NC fishing license is required to fish at Jordan Lake. Common fish species available to anglers at Jordan Lake include: Bass, Striper, Hybrids, White Perch, Crappie, Blue Gill, and Catfish. There is a 16″ size limit on bass caught a Jordan Lake.


There are miles of hiking trails at the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. The Seaforth Park features a 1.4 trail loop with views of Jordan Lake. There are 2 – 1 mile loop trails at Ebenezer Church Park. All campgrounds at the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area feature hiking trails that are available to campers only. The longest trail available is at the New Hope Overlook. This trail is a 5.4 mile loop and id rated at moderate. All other trails are rated as easy to hike.


Jumping into the cool waters of Jordan Lake is the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day. Parker’s Creek, Seaforth, and Ebenezer Church feature sandy swimming beaches. The Poplar Point, Crosswinds, and Vista Point campgrounds all feature sandy swimming beaches that are open for campers only.


If you are looking for anything from a family picnic to a corporate gathering Jordan Lake State Recreation Area has an option to suit your needs. The Parker’s Creek, Seaforth, Ebenezer Church and Vista Point Rec areas all feature spots for picnicking that feature grills and a picnic shelter. Shelters are first come first serve or can be reserved for a fee. Parker’s Creek, Seaforth, Ebenezer Church also feature a playground for the kids. The White Oak Rec area features a large 60 table shelter that is perfect for corporate gatherings. While Oak also features a sandy swimming beach, volleyball courts, horse shoe pits and a boat ramp. The entire White Oak Park can be reserved for your event, the area is open to the public when not reserved.

For picnic shelter reservations or more info contact: (919) 362-0586

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area Park Amenities

Boat Launch Ramp Boat Launch Ramp Handicap Access Handicap Access
Camping Camping – Tent, RV & Group Hiking Trails Hiking Trails
Canoeing Canoeing Parking Parking
Dump Station Dump Station Picnic Area Picnic Area
Electric Hook Ups Electric Hook Ups Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter
Entrance Fee Entrance Fee Playground Playground
First Aid First Aid Restrooms Restrooms
Fishing Fishing Sailing Sailing
Swimming Swimming Area Showers Showers
Potable Water Potable Water

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area Hours

May, June, July, August: 8am to 9pm
September, October, March, April: 8am to 8pm
November, December, January, February: 8am to 6pm
Closed Christmas Day

Jordan Lake gates are closed and locked at park closing time. There is no entry or exit after park closing time.

Park Office Hours

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Closed Christmas Day

Park Fees

From April thru September all recreation areas charge an entrance fee. The entrance fee does not include rental fees, campsites, or shelters.

The current entrance fees are:

  • $6 per car
  • $4 Senior Citizens 62 and over
  • $15 per Bus
  • $50 Annual Pass (Include Jordan Lake, Falls Lake, and Kerr Reservoir)

Contact Information


Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
280 State Park Road
Apex, NC 27523