Jordan Lake offers a family camping experience

Sunset at Jordan Lake offers a scenic view and a great family camping experience. / Emily Fogleman / Times-News correspondent

Commentary by Emily Fogleman
Times-News correspondent

Have you ever wanted to go find yourself in nature, sleep under the stars and all that, but were afraid of wild animals or the lack of running water? Camping at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area just might be the solution to those issues.

There are many options for where to camp and some are more hard-core than others, but Crosswinds Campground is a pleasant compromise between living on your own in the woods and having your comforts from home.

A clearly designated swimming area is provided, as well as multiple bath houses with warm showers, toilets and sinks. Trees surround most campsites to provide shade and a sylvan atmosphere. You can bring an RV, camper, tent or just a sleeping bag to sleep in, depending on the level of camping that suits your fancy.

There is a boat ramp for boats, jet skis or any other water craft you may own, to lower into the water. A long trip across the lake with the wind forcing your hair back into a torrent of curls is a common pastime for many boating campers. Some people prefer even more relaxing excursions, such as fishing in the middle of the lake where the depths exceed 30 feet, meaning there is a plethora of fish to catch.

If you are more adventurous with your watercraft, you may purchase a tube, knee board or wake board. All of these devices, if you can stay on them, allow you to glide across the water like a bird just skimming the water.

Camping may be a new experience for some or a habit as ingrained as teeth brushing for others. But no matter your skill level as a camper or your outdoor interests, Jordan Lake has something to offer.

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area is at 280 State Park Road, Apex (in Chatham County, 21 miles southwest of Raleigh, off U.S. 64). Visit or call (919) 362-0586 for more details.

Emily Fogleman is a Teens & Twenties writer and a rising senior at Southern Alamance High School.


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