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Public Sex Forces Jordan Lake Trail to Close

Posted January 31, 2008
Updated February 4, 2008

— Couples having sex in public has forced the state to close part of a trail at Jordan Lake.

A mile of Indian Creek Trail, located off N.C. Highway 751 in Chatham County, will close Friday, according to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The trail leads to an observation deck often used by bird watchers. But state parks officials said they have been getting an increasing number of complaints about nudity, solicitation and harassment in recent months.

Security cameras aren't an option to discourage the behavior, officials said, because there's too much ground to cover.

Officials are looking at alternative spots for an observation platform in the Indian Creek area.


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  • Leonardo Feb 1, 2008

    "Who'd want to get down to bidness in this cold weather?!"

    I agree. Sounds like park officials simply mistook some people huddling for warmth. :-)

  • lizard Feb 1, 2008

    Let the SHP patrol that area.

  • VT1994Hokie Feb 1, 2008

    I find it profoundly hard to believe that someone could equate humans to dogs in this regard.

  • Adelinthe Feb 1, 2008

    "Officials are looking at alternative spots for an observation platform in the Indian Creek area."

    Well, they just told the nudies where to go next. sigh

    Praying for all.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Dazd N Confused Feb 1, 2008

    I guess my post got censored. It's okay to talk about other people having sex in public, just as long as you don't admit to doing it yourself. We're all human and have done stupid things in the past. It's just that now people will have to find a new place to do it. If you make it idiot proof, they'll make a better idiot.

  • flashlight Feb 1, 2008

    Now that the trail will not be used by the law abiding crowd, this problem will probably get worse with the promise of even fewer eyes watching the area.

  • Here kitty kitty Feb 1, 2008

    Even though it was yesterday's paper, I read a more detailed article about this and it makes much more sense than this short piece does. Now I understand they are closing it completely, to everyone. Just couldn't figure out if the plain clothed officers who walked out there and who had sexual advances and offers made to them gave out citations to the offenders. It wasn't clear on that part.

  • ncjosh Feb 1, 2008

    (continued...) Also, there are plenty of undercover operations. Perhaps you weren't paying attention to the news, but Craig was busted in a sting, there have been plenty of stings at Umstead and plenty of pictures posted in the newspaper.

    People, in general, need to be arrested for having sex where they can be seen. NOT simply for having sex outside and/or because they fit a certain criteria.

    Yes, this subject makes me mad. No, I am not gay and I don't have sex outside. But I do have some gay friends, men & women, and I DON'T like how they're treated.

  • ncjosh Feb 1, 2008

    This is a sad story because due to the poor judgment of some, we are all losing, until the logging, a beautiful place. But it’s not just gay people having sex outside. Only gay people being persecuted AND prosecuted for having sex outside. And when I say gay people I suppose I should say gay men. Is there a problem with SOME people not caring about being discrete? Yes. But when a man and woman are caught having sex in public or in a car, for example, they just get a tap on the window by a cop telling them to move on. Two men would be arrested immediately and paraded on TV and in the newspaper. And two women would probably be let go, maybe even watched for a while before being asked to move on.

    Come on, admit it: if you saw a straight couple having sex in the woods, you would have a laugh and tell your friends what you saw over dinner and a cocktail. If your kids were with you, you would cover their eyes and move on. But THIS, we read on the news.

  • yacs Feb 1, 2008

    Why don't they just plant some poison ivy out there?