Jordan Lake Educational State Forest is a hidden gem near Jordan Lake in Chapel Hill, NC. With over 600 acres to explore
Address: 2832 Big Woods Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
*This is at Jordan Lake Educational State Forest NOT Jordan Lake Recreation Area
The Talking Tree Trail is currently under renovation (the trees don’t talk), but it’s still a wonderful hike for families with young children and there’s signs to read and learn about the trees.
Jordan Lake Educational State Forest has 4 hikes ranging from .5-2 miles so you can easily explore multiple trails during your visit and all of them are great hikes with kids.
For the Talking Tree Trail drive past the office, bathrooms, and helicopter and park in the big gravel lot in front of the Training Center. The Talking Tree trailhead, if you’re facing the Training Center, is on the right.
Trail Map of Jordan Lake Educational State Forest:
This parking lot also provides easy access to the helicopter and bulldozer and although you can’t climb in them it’s still awesome to see these machines up close.