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Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

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Address: 280 State Park Rd, Apex, NC 27523-8008
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This region is a popular source of outdoor recreation for boating, fishing,...

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.

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A beautiful camping and recreatonal area

Jordan Lake is a huge lake surrounded by campgrounds, beaches and recreational facilities. It is operated by the State of North Carolina and is a wonderful place for a camping... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed June 10, 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2015

Jordan Lake is a huge lake surrounded by campgrounds, beaches and recreational facilities. It is operated by the State of North Carolina and is a wonderful place for a camping trip or family excursion. Campsites are huge and many have electricity and water hookups. Sites may be reserved in advance but generally sites are available just but coming in except... More 

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2 Thank Kenneth H
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2015

Camped at Parker's creek without a reservation, as I have done every time I go to Jordan camping. Went early on Friday after I got off my night shift job to go put up my tent and get a good spot that had a good trail to the lake. My 5 yo son loved it, and there were alot of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2015 via mobile

Pleasantly surprised by this camping trip. I have read some mixed reviews pf Jordan lake so I want to address those. First, yes there are some busy weekends here so avoid camping on peak weekends like Memorial and labor day. Utilize the state park systems website to reserve your spot and check photos and maps to be sure that you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2015 via mobile

This is a great area for hiking and water recreation. There are multiple entrances and locations, so be sure to look at the maps and directions on their website to know where you're going.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2015

We arrived after the crowds had left the day after Memorial Day. Our first time here and we were so impressed with the large, shady campsites - we almost had the place to ourselves and it was a wonderful experience. What a pity the restrooms and showers were so awful. Nobody came to clean them while we were there, the... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2015

This is a great park, for a picnic or using your boat. Only problem is that it gets VERY Crowded, especially on holiday weekend and during the Summer. Need to get their early and you will get a good spot and enjoy yourself

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2015

I was a little worried about the crowds this weekend at Jordan Lake, but we had an amazing time camping, hiking, and swimming. Most campers were very courteous and friendly. This is a great weekend getaway from the Raleigh area - definitely worth a stay!

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Thank Marie H
Apex, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2015

Jordon Lake is a beautiful man-made lake just a few miles West of Cary and Apex, NC. It's a great place for a picnic or for just sitting on the beach enjoying the Sun.

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Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2015

Took the family and kids + kids friends (tweens) camping for the weekend for a belated birthday party. So much more fun and cheaper than a 2 hour party at a bounce place or something. We got a whole weekend out of it! Plus it is only about 15 minutes from Apex so you are not totally isolated but it... More 

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Apex, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2015

Jordan Lake has everything,camping, boating, beaches, fishing, kayaking, hiking and bird watching. What more can you want.

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