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Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

280 State Park Road, Apex, NC 27502
919-362-0586
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Apex
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Activities: Motor-boating, Birdwatching
Owner description: This region is a popular source of outdoor recreation for boating, fishing, hiking and windsurfing, plus being one of the largest summer homes of the... more » Owner description: This region is a popular source of outdoor recreation for boating, fishing, hiking and windsurfing, plus being one of the largest summer homes of the American Bald Eagle. « less
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Lexington, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I hesitate to write this review, as we love love love this place....the lack of houses makes this lake an enjoyable one to boat on, ski, tube, etc. on and the boat traffic is pretty low except on the weekends as is to be expected.....the campgrounds around the lake are awesome as well - a great place for a family...if... More

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southeast us
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94 reviews 94 reviews
49 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

we spent weekend at the crosswinds campground. the sites were nicely spread out and shaded, and our site was just across the road from the bathhouse (sinks, toilets, showers). there is swimming beach access for campers only, but from section A, it would be a long walk-especially with kids. limited parking is available at the beach. ticks are very bad,... More

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Piney Flats, Tennessee
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93 reviews 93 reviews
12 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We stayed at the Painter's Creek Campground at the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. The campground was clean and quiet and the staff was friendly. We stayed over the Independence Day weekend and expected some noise and revelry, but were pleasantly surprised. We stayed in a travel trailer and did not visit the bathhouses. The camping sites are good sized... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We had a wonderful evening with David Griffin on his pontoon. He was great at explaining what animals we were looking at and explaining things to the kids on the boat. It was a wonderful way to spend an evening.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

If you ever get the chance to rent a pontoon boat by all means do so!! It's a lovely way to spend the morning or afternoon exploring the waterways. Also, if you have a good group of people you can rent it for 30-40/person, just be clear that they wont cancel you reservation for weather and it does require a... More

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Albemarle, North Carolina
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

NC Rangers like walking around at night playing the campers against each other saying they have called in a complaint just so they can walk around and look into your campsite with binoculars. Complained to Jay Greenwood , who is over Jordan, he doesn't seem to care, so we will have to go on up the ladder. This was at... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We stayed in Loop J at spot 26. Friday before memorial day my husband and I decided to do a mini trip. We found one of the last spots and it was awesome. The people around us were able to dock their boats because we were lakefront. It was shaded well. If we wanted to we could have gone swimming.... More

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North Carolina
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60 reviews 60 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Ahh, imagine taking your kayak, canoe, or paddle board out for a relaxing trip across the open waters. Now play the sound of a record player needle being pulled across a vinyl record. That was triggered by the sound of a pack of jet skis ripping past you and your kayak rocking in their wake. Jordan Lake has a huge... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

Great park, poplar point campground sites are very large and private. Clean restrooms, flat areas to ride bikes. The beach at poplar point was really nice, not too crowded even though it was Memorial Day weekend. I will say ticks are pervasive, and I had read this in other reviews and found it to be true. Picked 4 of me... More

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Burlington, Vermont
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45 reviews 45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

For the past two years, we have stopped for a night at Poplar Point, Jordan Lake while traveling and found it a restful and very nicely kept park with hookups to charge our van while dry camping elsewhere. We saw a full complement of families enjoying the lake in all types of crafts, and we tested our inflatable kayak with... More

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