Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

Wilsonville, North Carolina 28310

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area Professional Review and Guide

"Jordan Lake is an outstanding birding location year-round, with more Bald Eagles than any other site in the state. The site also attracts more stellar rarities than just about any other spot in the Piedmont. Jordan Lake has 13,900 acres of water and is surrounded by 32,868 acres of game land and state recreation areas.

Habitats: Lake, pine forest, mixed pine-hardwood forest, mature oak-hickory forest, fields, mudflats, streams, waterfowl impoundments, beaver impoundments. Key birds: Spring and summer: Whip-poor-will; Eastern Kingbird; Great Crested Flycatcher; Cliff Swallow; Kentucky, Hooded, and Prothonotary Warbler; Summer and Scarlet Tanager; Indigo Bunting; Blue Grosbeak. Winter: Hooded and Common Merganser; Horned Grebe. Year-round: Bald Eagle; Redheaded Woodpecker; Brown-headed Nuthatch."

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"Th e 14,000-acre park has more than 22 miles of hiking trails, and the New Hope Overlook area is on the southwest side of the park near Moncure, North Carolina. Th e New Hope Overlook area has two trails, the Red Trail and the Blue Trail. Th is hike follows the Blue Trail, which off ers excellent views of Jordan Lake. Th e route traverses a mature hardwood forest and crosses several tributary creeks, climbing over a couple of hills in the beginning of the trail and climaxing with a challenging climb of an exceptionally steep hill at the very end of the trail."

"The Seaforth Recreation Area is centrally located in Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, right off US 64 west of Wilsonville. The Pond Trail is nearly a complete loop. It begins on the western side of the Seaforth parking lot and traverses a mixed pine-and-hardwood forest. Boardwalks along the way keep your hiking shoes from trudging through the wetland portions of the trail, where you will find buttonbush, black needlerush, and other wetland plants. Along the way, the path offers enjoyable views of Jordan Lake and passes by three small ponds. The trail circles back around to the parking lot and ends at picnic pavilion nine, a large, covered shelter on the edge of Jordan Lake to the north of the designated swimming beach. Bring your swimsuit and enjoy a day at Seaforth after hiking the Pond Trail."

"There are two trails in the Ebenezer Church Recreation Area, the Ebenezer Church Trail and the Old Oak Trail. This route follows the Old Oak Trail, an easy 1-mile loop that begins at the Ebenezer Picnic Area A and passes two ponds as well as historic farm sites. The shortcut trail reduces the length of the trail to 0.5 mile, making this route exceptional for young children. The nearby Ebenezer Church Trail, also an easy 1-mile loop, explores the site of the historic Ebenezer Church and passes by a large pond. The Ebenezer Church Recreation Area has designated beaches and several picnic pavilions, so it is easy to spend a full day in the area."

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area Reviews

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Red/Blue trail. Moderate difficulty. Some nice views of the lake, but as you get closer to the water, you will see tons of trash from boating. Other than that, a nice 5.7 mile hike.

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Oct 2018