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Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

Camping at its best. Convenient to the Triangle.

  • Address: 280 State Park Road Apex, NC 27523
  • Mailing Address: 280 State Park Road Apex, NC 27523

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 charcoal drifting through the air, 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. Kids in Parks TRACK Trail.

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Sat, Feb 28, 1:30pm
Hike with a Ranger on the Pond Trail
Leisurely hike of the Pond Trail at Seaforth Recreation Area, recently designated as Kids in Parks Track Trail. The trail is currently self-guided but this special tour is a guided hike with a ranger. The trail is fairly flat with gentle rolling hills and perfect for all ages, especially children. It is 1.25 miles.
Meet at: Seaforth Rerecation Area, trail head across from restooms

Sat, Mar 21, 8pm - 10pm
Sat, April 25, 9pm - 11pm - Statewide Star Party
Sat, July 18, 9pm - 11pm
Wed, Aug 12, 9pm - 11pm
Meet at: Ebenezer Day Use Area
Astronomy Viewing Sessions

Monthly sky watching sessions are free, open to the public, and weather permitting so always confirm first. The events are hosted by the staff from Morehead Planetarium (check News or call 919.962.1236) to confirm the day of the event.
Take an informal tour of the constellations with a MPSC educator; telescopic views of beautiful objects, including planets, nebulae, star clusters and, of course, the Moon when available, and discuss constellation myths and legends.

Sat, Mar 21, 10am - 3pm
Common Amphibians of the Piedmont

Join Jordan Lake State Park and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to explore common Amphibians of the Piedmont. This course offers an overview of our diverse salamanders and vociferous anurans. Participants will practice with and receive support materials with specific activities on frog, toad and salamander life cycles, habitats, stories and research methods. Frog calls, with CASP protocols, are introduced through fun games and interactive stations, and, field work allows us to explore the habitat types of these bioindicator species. Participants will learn to identify several species of amphibians, identify and associate different habitats with different species, understand the value of wetlands and other amphibian habitats, and discuss both positive and negative impacts that humans have on amphibian populations. Free. Led by C.C. King of NCWRC. Criteria II credit. Weather permitting. Meet at: Visitor Center.

Sat, Oct 3, 10am
Heritage Day

Enjoy hands-on activities, live entertainment and demonstrations all relating to the unique cultural and natural resources of this region. We hope to create an appreciation for the rich history associated with this land, and a respect for the wonderful natural resources that remain. Contact Ranger Jim Trostle, 919.362.0586 ext. 227
Meet at: White Oak Recreation Area

For more information or volunteer opportunities, please contact Ranger Jim Trostle919.362.0586 ext 227.


  • # of Camp Sites with Partial Hook-ups: 601 (water and electric)
  • # of Campsites Total: 1050
  • # of Group Campsites: 11
  • # of Primitive or Tent Sites: 24
  • Amperage of Electrical Hookup: 30
  • Boating
  • Several sites on Hwy 64 between Apex and Pittsboro East of Pittsboro on US 64, west of Raleigh.
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookup
  • Fire Ring
  • Firewood Available
  • Flush Toilets
  • General contact:
  • Gravel Parking Pad
  • Group Camping
  • Handicap Accessibility
  • Hiking Trail
  • Lake River Access
  • Marina
  • Maximum # of People per Camp Site: 6
  • Partial Hookup (water, electric)
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Table at site
  • Primitive Group Camping
  • Primitive Sites (tent)
  • Public Telephone
  • Pull-Thru Design
  • RV Sites
  • Season of Operation: April through November
  • Sewage Disposal
  • Shade Tree
  • Showers (Cold Water Only)
  • Showers (Hot water)
  • Swimming (Beach/Lake)
  • Volleyball
  • Water Hookup