Camping remains a big attraction at Jordan Lake, drawing thousands for overnight stays.
Pitch your tent or park your recreational vehicle (RV) or trailer. Jordan has tent sites (both electric and non-electric), group and primitive camping with more than 1,000 sites available.
Tent camping with water/electricity is the most popular category, followed by non-electric tent sites, group camping, walk-in primitive camping. Seniors 62+ are eligible for discounted camping fees.
Find and book a campsite online at northcarolinastateparks.reservationsamerica.com, or call 1-877-722-6762. Remember, all campsites are not the same. They may have different amenities. For example, some sites, loops at Poplar Point have upgraded electrical outlets and shower houses. Similar work is under way at Crosswinds Campground. Read the information on the reservation website and check out photos of campsites, availability and fees. Check for wheelchair access, distance to bathrooms, showers, etc. Loops C & F at Poplar Point campground are closed due to bathroom/shower house issues.
Campgrounds are reopening on a staggered basis with some sites available in all areas by Easter, depending on lake level and post-flooding cleanup. Virtually all will be open by Memorial Weekend, traditionally the park’s busiest.
Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Holiday weekends have different rules and require longer stays. Full payment is required at the time reservations are made. Walk-up reservations, first-come basis, can be made at park office. Reservations can not be cancelled online. Park office hours are 8 to 4:30 daily March to October.
Camping sites near the water are often the most popular. But record rainfall and flood conditions late last year and earlier in 2019 battered some and put them under water regularly, causing some issues. And high lake levels throughout the winter meant normal repairs weren’t made as park workers spent most of their time removing debris from roadways, parking lots, campsites, boat ramps as lake level dropped.. The main issues, park staffers said, are missing site posts, timbers, picnic tables and some campsite driveways were heavily eroded and need crush and run. They’ll get them fixed as soon as they can, park officials said.