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Current status of park facilities   

The swim beach remains CLOSED. There are no boat rentals or picnic shelter reservations.

Trails and restrooms are open. The visitor center also remains closed. Park gates close at sunset.

Campsites are open to reservations, with the exception of group campsites, which remain closed.

When visiting, please follow social distancing guidelines, regardless of the behavior of others. Please try to stay 6 feet away from other visitors and park staff or wear a mask or face covering. Try to touch as few surfaces as possible and do not enter areas that have been closed off. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit, and stay home if you are sick.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended until at least September 11, 2020.

 Last updated on: Thursday, August 6, 2020


Map of North Carolina – Jones Lake State Park


Contact the park
 

910-588-4550

jones.lake@ncparks.gov
 

Address
 

Visitor center

4117 N.C. 242 N.
Elizabethtown, NC 28337

GPS: 34.6827, -78.5954
 

Hours
 

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  • November to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to May:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • Monday to Friday:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Closed state holidays
     

 

 

 

Things to do

Hiking

The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.

Boating

A road to the lake for small craft is located at the west side of the picnic area. The access road ends at the lakeshore, and only motors that are 10 horsepower and under are allowed on the lake. Canoes and paddleboats may be rented at the boathouse adjacent to the pier from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day when lifeguards are on duty. See the Fees/FAQs/Rules page for more information. Vehicular access to Salters Lake requires a permit issued by park staff.

Fishing

Few fish species are present due to the water's acidity. Yellow perch are the most abundant; chain pickerel, catfish, chub suckers and blue-spotted sunfish also occupy the lakes. Pier fishing is allowed only from the lake trail access points.

Swimming

Enjoy the aquatic activities offered by this cool, tea-colored lake. The sandy beach of Jones Lake is ideal for sunbathing and the shallow water is a swimmer’s delight. A concession stand and bathhouse are located nearby.

Picnicking

A picnic is a great way to enjoy a day out-of-doors. More than 50 tables and 15 grills are available at the picnic grounds. A grassy area, also available for picnicking, is adjacent to the beach where the shade of pine and cypress trees promises respite from the sun. The covered picnic shelter, perfect for a large gathering, will accommodate up to 100 people. Use of the picnic shelter is free of charge unless reservations are requested.