Nearly every recreation area at Jordan has hiking trails. Most are easy walking trails, suitable for all ages. They total about 19 miles of designated trails. Pets must be leashed at all times and bikes are not permitted on any trail.
Many have blooming plants and shrubs in the spring and summer along trails and are part of Piedmont section of N.C. Birding Trail (ncbirdingtrail.org). Hiking trails at campgrounds are limited to campers only.
New Hope Overlook has the two most strenuous trails (described as moderate difficulty), 5.4 mile loop Red Trail and 2.7 mile Blue. They both have steep hills and offer sweeping views of the lake. Vista Point has two easy trails, Red 3 mile loop, Blue 1 mile.
Seaforth has Pond Trail (1.4 mile loop), recently renamed Kids in Parks Track Trail with views of the lake, starting at far end of beach parking lot. Ebenezer Church has two one-mile loop trails and shorter Old Oak Trail. Parkers Creek has Children’s Nature Trail (half mile) and 1.5 mile connector from beach to campground loop. Crosswinds Campground has easy 1.5 mile trail. Poplar Point Campground has easy 2 mile trail.
The Corps of Engineers has trails totaling 4.3 miles near the Visitor Center at the Dam.
If you’re interested in nearby options check out trails at the N.C. Educational Forest on the Pittsboro side of the lake, off Big Woods Road, and the Wake County portion of the American Tobacco Trail (ATT) in the other direction, with parking areas on Wimberly Road and New Hill-Olive Chapel Road. Hiking and biking are popular on ATT. Call 919-387-2117 for details.
With Jordan short-staffed volunteers could be a big help in maintaining, improving Jordan hiking trails. Contact the park office (919-362-0586) if you can help.