Swim, ski, sail and fish in Jordan Lake’s 14,000 acres of water, covering parts of Wake and Chatham counties. Open year-round, Jordan Lake State Recreation Area offers campgrounds, picnic areas, public beaches, sand volleyball courts, comfort stations and more. You might even see a bald eagle.
Explore just under 14 miles of hiking trails, which allow leashed pets. The Children's Nature Trail takes hikers down a long boardwalk to an old farm pond. Look for tobacco rows of yesterday's farm fields, a sign of days gone by.
The bald eagle population at Jordan Lake has increased dramatically since the flooding of the reservoir in 1983. Undisturbed natural areas combined with mature forests and plentiful fish populations have contributed to the number of eagles that frequent the area. You may also see ospreys, blue herons, turkeys, black vultures and other raptors. Check out the Jordan Lake WildlifeCam set up by the Army Corp of Engineers and spyonabird.com to see many of these species in their natural environment.
The Ebenezer Church Trail passes the site of the historic Ebenezer Church and follows an abandoned roadbed to a large farm pond. The Jordan Lake State Recreation Area TRACK Trail offers an easy 1.4 mile loop that encircles old farm ponds and offers scenic views of the lake.
The New Hope Trail is the area's most challenging and is comprised of two loops: the red loop is 5.4 miles and the blue loop is 2.7 miles. Hikers enjoy sweeping views of the lake, mature hardwood forests, mountain laurel, wildflowers, ferns and more.
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, an undeveloped, 14,000-acre reservoir, offers nine access areas surrounding. Five of the access areas offer 1,000-plus campsites featuring RV hookups and primitive tent camping locations. Visitors can choose from seven swim beaches and multiple boating ramps.