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.
The flat easy Pond Trail at Seaforth on Jordan Lake is a loop to three ponds in various states, one has deep black water, the other two are full of debris. The trail starts off through hardwoods and then a boardwalk over a muddy section, then enters a pine forest. Would be good for a 1.4 mile trail run as there are not many roots and hardly any rocks. Not really that interesting, but the Seaforth beach and surrounding areas have plenty of activities.
There are 4 trails with 3 of them being pretty short. We didn't know all the choices and so we ended up doing the three short ones and with walking in from the road that was 2.7 miles. The demonstration trail is listed at 2 miles and we will start with that one next time. We enjoyed all the short trails but liked the wildlife trail best. One of the trails was a little muddy. The trails are flat and easy to hike.
Our family of five, our dog and some friends with two additional kids hiked the shorter blue trail for 2.8 miles in and out. We enjoyed it and not very many people this time of year. Our six year old tripped once on a root but recovered quickly when there was no blood. We will go back.
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!