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Trail

5.1 mile 8.3 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 498' 152 m
Descent: -482' -147 m
High: 355' 108 m
Low: 226' 69 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)

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Trail shared by Fran DiGiano

This trail passes through woodlands to reach the Jordan Lake shoreline and loops back through woodlands.

Fran DiGiano

Features Birding · Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly There is not much foot traffic, making this a perfect loop for youngsters to explore.

Overview

The trail affords wonderful vistas of Jordan Lake (22 sq. mi. in area) and the surrounding 34,000 acres of public land. The setting is entirely natural. Not a single house can be seen from anywhere on the lake or on the shoreline. There are many opportunities to view birds including majestic Bald Eagles, graceful Great Blue Heron, and brilliant white Egrets. The terrain includes gentle hills dipping down to give access to the shoreline in several coves. The surface of the path is natural and managed by Jordan Lake State Park staff.

Description

From the trailhead at the edge of the upper parking lot at New Hope Overlook Access, the Blue Loop goes north to make a loop around New Hope Overlook, marked by a bench for viewing Jordan Lake at highest shoreline point. Visitors will then head south to join the Red Loop, following the shoreline above several coves. At its southernmost point, there is access to Camping Area B, a grouping of primitive campsites within Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. This hike then loops back to the north and ends at the parking lot where you started from.

History & Background

Jordan Lake was created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1981. The Haw River and New Hope Creek are two major water supplies. The lake provides flood protection for downstream communities, a public water supply for 300,000 residents, many recreation opportunities on land and water (1.4 million visits last year), and a vibrant fish and wildlife habitat.

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Jan 20, 2019
Lysandra Weber
Our little fam made it up to the Overlook (going the short way) and backtracked to return. A good hike for a 5 and 3.5yo and us. 2mi
Dec 23, 2018
Joshua Derossett
Oct 27, 2018
Sue Harmon
Jun 30, 2018
Will Potter
Enjoyable trail! Decent elevation change, good views. 2.7mi
Dec 30, 2017
James Kerner
3mi
Mar 14, 2017
Rashida Griffin
Pi Day Hike. 3.1mi
Jan 4, 2017
Mia Halman
Quite a few roots on path, occasional muddiness, temperature about 40 degrees 5.1mi

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  4.0 from 9 votes

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