Jordan Lake-Vista Point 

An easy 3 mile loop around quiet coves, lookout points, and the habitat of one of the largest bald eagle populations in the eastern U.S.

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Author: jthomas1279
Date: 20 Jun 2010 4:43:25 PM
Source: GPX file
Activity: Not Specified
State: North Carolina (NC)
Distance: 3.01 mi  (Change units)
Average Speed: 2.4 mph - 0:24:37/mi
Duration: Total: 1:14:00
Difficulty: 3 / 10
Tags: Apex, Jordan Lake, North Carolina, Pittsboro, Raleigh
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

The trailhead can be a bit difficult to find from the parking lot.  First find the bathrooms and follow the trail past it.  Then you will see a large picnic pavilion.  Walk through the pavilion to the trailhead on the other side.  This trail does not seem heavily used, and, at times, the trail is non-obvious.  The beginning of the trail is one such area where there are a lot of small down trees and limbs.  The blazes are pretty well done, though, so despite this area, and a couple more areas where the trail is difficult to discern, you shouldn't get lost as long as you look for the blazes.  There are many short spur trails that go off the main trail to the lakeshore for nice views.  At the first one of these, I scanned the trees across the cove and spotted a perched bald eagle.  The trail continues in a loop around the point with many more opportunities to spot wildlife and birdwatch.  The trail eventually returns to Pea Ridge Road (go left) for the last couple hundred yards to return to your car.

TO TRAILHEAD: Turn South onto North Pea Ridge Rd. from Route 64, a few miles west of Jordan Lake. Follow N. Pea Ridge Rd. to the parking lot at the boat launch at the end. Trailhead at near-left corner when entering the parking lot next to bathrooms.

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Jordan Lake-Vista Point

Distance: 3.01 mi Points: 245
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

Points of Interest


Location: 35.704286, -79.048584
Go down the trial past the bathroom next to the parking lot to get to the trailhead


Location: 35.705123, -79.048787
Go through the large picnic pavilion to get to the trailhead marked by a trail sign


Location: 35.707040, -79.051405
Pass by a campground on the left


Location: 35.707144, -79.052178
A spur leaves the trail on the right to look out upon a cove. I spotted a bald eagle perched across the cove when I was there


Location: 35.708782, -79.053551
Another super short spur on the right leads to a bench overlooking a quiet cove. I would guess that if you sat here for just 15 minutes in the morning or evening, you could see some neat wildlife


Location: 35.711517, -79.053315
Cross over a short wooden bridge over a small gully

Overlook Spur

Location: 35.713016, -79.050761
A spur on the right leads to a nice overlook of a wide view of the lake


Location: 35.716030, -79.048980
A bench provides a place to sit and enjoy the view of the lake and a cove

Quiet Cove

Location: 35.713155, -79.053701
A spur leads to a bench that has become a bit overgrown, but the trail provides a view of the quietest cove on the hike. I didn't see any wildlife there, but if you're patient, it's probably a great spot for birdwatching


Location: 35.705942, -79.053808
For about 20 yards, the trail leaves the dirt/pine needle makeup and goes through knee-high grass.

Pea Ridge Rd.

Location: 35.704879, -79.051663
Go left on Pea Ridge Rd and follow it to the end to return to your car


Location: 35.704321, -79.047307
Sailboat ramp


Location: 35.707127, -79.052027


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Location: 35.705872, -79.053637

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