It is summer and pools are opened. But never fear if you don’t have a fancy private pool to join like Woodcroft or Briar Chapel. There are plenty of free swim spots like AD Clark pool over in Chapel Hill and Seaforth Recreation Area and Parker’s Creek on Jordan Lake. Ok, well not really free for those last two as you do have to pay State Park fees to get in to the park. It was $6 per car when we went. Truly, though, that is cheaper than the Y at Meadowmont and you get a whole park to play in!. (By the way, if you want to see our full list of swim spots in the Triangle check out this list here and our list of spraygrounds.) Now I am pleased to tell you about another place to get your swim on: Ebenezer Church Playground & Beach, also on Jordan Lake.
Unlike Seaforth but more like Parker’s Creek, this spot on Jordan Lake is less frequented by folks so you have more of a chance of not being crowded out (less of a chance of being crowded out? grammar police?).
The beach area was nicely maintained and groomed (moreso than Parker’s Creek) but on the main area of the lake (unlike Parker’s Creek which did not have any boat traffic at all). There are life preservers around but no lifeguards on duty. There are barriers to contain the swim area and the spot is wide with good line-of-sight for the area.
There were picnic tables, short trails for walking, a boat ramp, and fishing is allowed. There was also a great little playground here! Technically the playground is for the older kiddos but our tots had a lot of fun crawling around here. The ground cover was sand (which I know some mama friends who hate that, but this is at a beach so not too surprising I suppose). The negative to the playground area is that there wasn’t any shade.
There are restrooms as well as ample parking. All State Park facilities are alcohol-free and do not bring in glass containers.
But other than that: take bug spray (it’s a lake), sunscreen, and a picnic with you and have fun!
Ebenezer Church Beach and Playground
Map of Ebenezer Church Recreation Area here
Note that this Recreation Area closes during the off season so be sure to check the website or call ahead before going : (919) 362-0586
280 State Park Road
Ebenezer Church: To reach Ebenezer Church from US 64, at Wilsonville, turn south on Beaver Creek Road/SR1008. The park entrance is 1.6 miles on the right.