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Prepare to see a significant number of bald eagles at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, a habitat for the largest concentration of the big birds in the eastern United States. They are best seen in early morning or late afternoon during April, May, and June at the Vista Point, Ebenezer, and Seaforth recreation areas of the park. The visitor center has a life size eagle's nest, plus exhibits on the natural history of the Haw and New Hope Rivers, an area known for its Native American artifacts. The annual Heritage Day, celebrated the first Saturday in October, explores the area's rich history and culture. Completed in 1973, the 46,768-acre ...

Prepare to see a significant number of bald eagles at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, a habitat for the largest concentration of the big birds in the eastern United States. They are best seen in early morning or late afternoon during April, May, and June at the Vista Point, Ebenezer, and Seaforth recreation areas of the park. The visitor center has a life size eagle's nest, plus exhibits on the natural history of the Haw and New Hope Rivers, an area known for its Native American artifacts. The annual Heritage Day, celebrated the first Saturday in October, explores the area's rich history and culture. Completed in 1973, the 46,768-acre lake and the surrounding area supports a variety of leisure activities, including fishing, boating, sailing, windsurfing, camping, swimming, picnicking, and hiking. The Ebenezer Church and Robeson Creek areas have boat-launching ramps that are open 24 hours a day. More than 1,000 campsites are available - tent, RV, group, and hike-in options, with amenities such as picnic tables and grills and nearby showers, restrooms, and dump stations. There are several hiking/walking trails at Jordan Lake, ranging from one-half mile to three miles in length and allowing hikers to see a variety of wildflowers and trees, as well as old home sites. The most strenuous (and newest) one is the New Hope Trail; the easiest, the Children's Nature Trail. The recreation area is located on the western outskirts of Raleigh.

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  • Location: A state park in central North Carolina, approximately 23 miles west of Raleigh.
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    The park is open year-round, but the best times to visit are spring, summer, and fall.