Imagine relaxing in a cove, listening to the sounds of water rippling. Then, you feel a firm tug on your fishing line. It's going to be a big one! Picture the surface of the lake glistening, water spraying your face, the boat motor ahead roaring. Suddenly, your skis give way a splash landing! Hear the laughter of children, smell burgers roasting over a charcoal fire, feel a breeze blowing through the campground. With almost 14,000 acres of water, all this and more is yours to discover 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.

Good trail with lots of short elevation changes. Great views of the lake.

trail running
1 month ago

Always a great run. Fridgid New Years Eve morning!

Nice hike

we did not pay a parking fee on Thanksgiving weekend.

hiking
3 months ago

Great walk with my 3yr old. Easy access from the trail to several small beaches (water is low at Jordan Lake at the moment). I did not find the entrance of the trail at the parking lot (saw it later: walk 200 meters along the main road) so I started it at the southern end; at Seaforth Beach parking lot. A short part of the wooden boardwalk near the southwest end of the loop is broken, but we could walk on the dry soil where the boardwalk used to be.

A little disappointed about the longest trail (I followed the signs that simply said "trail"). Wide and well kept forest trail, but I had expected to actually see the lake and get to the water. Only a distant peek at the water now and then, no direct access to the lake (I had a 3 yr old in tow who was not in for detours). No one on the trail on a Thursday morning.

Great trail! Just FYI it is a $7 parking fee!!

hiking
6 months ago

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.

Nice hike with pretty water views. I enjoyed the fact that it was more of a climbing hike than just walking on flat topography. Very good hike if you wanna wear out the dog!

Nice wooded stroll with plenty of openings to the lake.

Trail was pretty good and well marked. Our 5yo made it but barely. It's quite hilly. Wish this app told you if trail is free or paid as I forgot Jordan Lake requires $7/car.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful, well marked, very quiet trail. Lots of swimming places for my pup. Highly recommended!

Completed with two dogs in tow with no issues. Plenty of great views of the lake as well as a little challenge from the steeper portions.

hiking
11 months ago

An unforgettable day, scenic views, moderate path, friendly fellow travelers, great weather, friendly dog hiking trails. I will recommend take some water, your family, dogs and discover this place. You will impressed.

First time out. I saw an Bald Eagle flying just overhead.

Two loop options- 2.7 and 5.4 miles. Nice elevation changes throughout the hike. Good views of the lake in many places, at least in the winter. Nicely marked trails. Good for dog walking.

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