Two Visitor Centers

Jordan Lake has two visitor centers, one in the middle and one at the southern end of lake at the dam.

Jordan Lake Visitor Center, run by State Parks, is near the middle of the lake off US 64, Apex. It’s the place to go to for last-minute reservations for camping or picnic shelter, has educational features on the history of the lake and bald eagles, exhibit hall, classrooms and brochures on lake facilities and programs. It’s both the office and visitor center and is open 8-5 daily. Phone number is 919-362-0586.

The Army Corps of Engineers operates a Visitor Assist­ance Center at the southern end of the lake off Highway 1, exit 79, just off Moncure-Pittsboro Road. Hours are 8-4:30 weekdays and weekends (April 1-Sep. 30) when ranger is on site, but he may be called away. Phone number is 919-542-4501.

Inside are photos and exhibits on lake’s history and information brochures on Jordan facilities, water and boating safety. Outside are hiking trails, an overlook for picture-taking, picnic area and Poe’s Ridge 24/7handicap aluminum floating dock boat ramp, parking area (fees charged), bank fishing, comfort station.