New Hope Overlook is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Moncure, NC that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The trail begins near the bathrooms at the boat ramp. The red loop is 5.4 miles and the blue loop is 2.7 miles in length. This is the most challenging trail with several steep hills. New Hope Trail is our newest and most strenuous hike. The trail begins near the bathrooms at the boat ramp. The red loop is 5.4 miles and the blue loop is 2.7 miles in length. The red loop includes the blue loop. This is the most challenging trail with several steep hills. Hikers will enjoy sweeping views of the lake, mature hardwood forests, groves of mountain laurel, lush creek crossings and a variety of wildflowers and ferns.
Entire route is 5 miles and total elevation around 700 ft. Great hike. Probably not as nice during boating season. Bring water as it's definitely moderate difficulty as rolling with lots of roots and rocks. Having pole(s) is a plus. V enjoyable hike!
Great views. Not worth spending 7 bucks to hike
Liked it a lot. It was my first time and I will definitely go back.
Had a great time. A good workout with some beautiful views of the lake.
Starting in early afternoon, this hike took us through pine stands and hardwood forest, around many of the fingers of one section of Jordan Lake, with lots of ups and downs, crossing creeks and runoffs. The trail is suitable for trail running, but there are some rocky and muddy areas. The trail starts at the parking lot above the larger boat ramp parking lot. We went counterclockwise. The trail starts with both the red and blue trail markers - the blue trail is a 2.7 mile loop and the red trail adds another 2.7 mile loop to make it a 5.4 mile hike. The blue trail hikes mostly through Area A and the red through Area B, which is more interesting, has more hardwoods and is higher in elevation. We encountered lots of people walking their dogs on this trail and if you like a walk in the woods, it's a nice hike; if you prefer wide open ridge hiking like me, this is not the trail for you. Still we enjoyed it on a 50 degree winter day as line of sight is not encumbered by all the leaves on the trees. Was a good workout.
Quiet hike with no fee today. Easy hike on the red trail. Knocked it out with my 11 year old son in just over 2 hours.
No entrance fee in the winter. Very quiet and peaceful place to hike.
This is a fun day hike, completed it in late September with my fiance and my parents (both in mid-50s, in good shape). Note that it will cost you $6 per car to get into the Jordan Lake State Rec Area, so make sure you have cash! The 5.7mi loop has some elevation changes, but it really isn't too difficult. I wore regular trail running shoes, boots aren't necessary if it hasn't been rainy. Great view of Jordan Lake on the overlook.
I took the shorter trail ( blue) at 2.7 mi. And it took me about 1 hour and 20 minutes with a few brief stops. Decent hike thru the woods with some nice views of the lake.
It's a nice hike with little ups and downs towards the end of the loop trail. I Did the red loop trail (~ 5.4 miles) which took approx 2.5 hours to complete with few rest stops in between. The trail starts with the blue loop trail and then continues to be the red trail. The first overlook which is part of Blue trail is the best compared to the other overlooks on the trail.
Great local hike; one of the better ones in this area. It's now one of my new faves.
This is a great trail. Single track, logs to step over, and nice views of the lake. Wanted to find Sassafras but didn't see any especially without the leaves on the trees. Add 5.4 miles by going the whole route or do the 2.7. Great hike! Moderate for elevation changes and a few logs across the path.
Notice: The map top is West!