As cabin fever creeps in and warmer weather sends its tantalizing breeze through your windows, a day on the lake can start to look very appealing! Whether you’re fishing, taking the boat out or hiking trails along the shoreline, a lake day can be fun and rejuvenating.

Autumnwood in Sanford, North Carolina is within easy driving distance of the Triangle’s three primary lakes! Here’s the rundown on what each has to offer for some outdoor fun.

Jordan Lake

Jordan Lake is easy to find: its vast 14,000 acres are smack dab in the middle of the Triangle, virtually equidistant from Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. Originally developed for flood control, Jordan Lake now serves double duty as both a water supply and public recreation area.

And recreation opportunities are plentiful! Visitors can access seven swimming beaches, fourteen miles of walking trails, and over one thousand campsites. The lake is a popular boating spot as well, should you want to get out on the water.

Harris Lake

If Jordan Lake is too crowded for your tastes – and it can be, in the peak season – then consider visiting the smaller, 680-acre Harris Lake southwest of Raleigh. Trails are open year-round, and anglers can visit a regularly stocked catfish pond and a fishing pier. There are also regular events, such as the Longleaf Festival and the Haunting at Harris.

The lake itself is only part of the attraction: there is a large attached park with a playground and even a disc golf course. Note that while there are multiple kayak/canoe launch sites, swimming is not allowed, unlike at certain parts of Jordan Lake.

Falls Lake

Head to the Northern reaches of the Triangle and you’ll find Falls Lake; if you’re taking I-85, you literally can’t miss it (the highway cuts across the lake at one point.) With over 12,000 acres of public space, Falls Lake has a bit of everything: campsites, swim beaches, walking and biking trails, and more.

One of the park’s most distinctive features is its intersection with the Mountains-to-Sea trail. This enormous, 1,175-mile hiking trail stretches all the way from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks!

North Carolina is a fast-growing state, especially around the Triad and Triangle. Autumnwood’s semi-rural location offers easy access to both regions with a lower cost of living and quieter pace of life away from the city. Our neighborhood has new homes popping up frequently at affordable prices! If you want to live in Sanford’s best new neighborhood, contact us today to learn more!

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