Jordan Lake Educational State Forest

MODERATE 10 reviews

Jordan Lake Educational State Forest is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Apex, NC that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.7 miles 62 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly






nature trips

road biking

trail running






wild flowers




Jordan Lake State Recreation Area located south of Cary and Apex, North Carolina features a 14,000 acre lake and numerous activities, including hiking, boating, and camping from several access points. Relax in a cove, listen to the sounds of rippling water. Then, feel a firm tug on your fishing line. Picture the surface of the lake glistening. Hear the laughter of children, smell burgers roasting over a charcoal fire, feel a breeze blowing through the campground. Take a walk or a hike, enjoy the woods. With almost 14,000 acres of water, all this and more is at Jordan Lake. The NC Division of Parks and Recreation operates nine recreation areas on the lake -- Crosswinds Campground, Ebenezer Church, Parker's Creek, Poplar Point, Seaforth, Vista Point, Robeson Creek, New Hope Overlook, and White Oak Recreation Area. Whether you're looking for fun in the sun or an evening under the stars, Jordan Lake offers it all. Ref:

3 months ago

Nice wide open, easy to follow trails.

5 months ago

had a great time!

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7 months ago

8 months ago

best trail near my home.

1 year ago

My wife and I enjoy this trail as a regular go-to for a quick hike. We generally get in between 2.5 and 4 miles depending on the loops we do and, oddly enough, the level of the lake. The trail, for practical purposes, is flat. Our trail recorder showed a total elevation change of 45 feet.

3 years ago

Took my 9 year old out on the Ebenezer Church trail, which is about 1 mile more or less. It was a warm sunny day and we had the whole area pretty much to ourselves. Nice peaceful basically flat trail that runs near the site of the old church. Nice for beginners.

sea kayaking
3 years ago

A nice March paddle with relatively heavy winds. Clean and peaceful. I'll be back.

4 years ago

Jordan Lake has some nice flat-land hiking.
Although the AllTrails site says that there is Mountain Biking, there is none here. From the official park web site: "bicycles are not permitted on any trails at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area".

5 years ago

Actually only completed a tiny portion at Area A - New Hope Overlook.