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Jordan Lake

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area is a set of nine access areas on the 14,000-acre Jordan Lake in Wake and Chatham Counties.  There are more than 1000 campsites among the access areas as well as swimming beaches, boat ramps, picnic areas, and a few hiking trails.  Following a devastating hurricane, the US Army Corps of Engineers began to evaluate damming New Hope Creek for flood control and to construct a reservoir to supply water to surrounding communities.  Construction began in 1967 and the lake was renamed B. Everett Jordan Lake in honor of a former US senator.

Contact Information:

280 State Park Road
Apex, North Carolina 27523

Phone; 919-362-0586

GPS: 35.735554, -79.016569

Recreation Areas:

New Hope Overlook Recreation Area:

GPS: 35.7420,-79.0021

New Hope Overlook is the southernmost part area of the park, located just north of the dam.  To visit, head south from Raleigh on US-1 past Apex and New Hill and get off at exit 81.  Turn right on Pea Ridge Road and go 2.8 miles and turn left on W. H. Jones Road.  Drive 0.4 miles and turn left to enter the park.  New Hope Overlook has 24 backpacking campsites, a boat ramp, and the New Hope Overlook Trail, a double loop that is the longest hiking trail in Jordan Lake State Recreation Area.


New Hope Overlook Blue Trail:

Length: 2.7 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Blaze: Blue

The Blue Trail is the shorter of the loops at New Hope Overlook.  The trailhead is near the boat ramp and forms a loop with Area A campsites at the far end of the loop.  Also near here is the New Hope Overlook with views of Jordan Lake.

New Hope Overlook Red Trail:

Length: 5.4 miles (includes the Blue Trail)
Difficulty: Moderate
Blaze: Blue

The Red Trail is a double loop that includes the Blue Trail.  The trailhead is near the boat ramp and another trailhead is available at the parking for Area B camping.  The two loops form a figure 8.

Recreation Areas:

Blog Entries:

26-Jan-2019: Jordan Lake Hikes

18-Mar-2017: Rainy Hikes at Jordan Lake

External Links:

NC State Parks website: http://www.ncparks.gov/jordan-lake-state-recreation-area