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Visitor center

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

GPS: 34.6827, -78.5954



  • 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


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






Status of park facilities   

Trails at the park are open, but the visitor center and all restrooms are CLOSED. Park gates will close at sunset.

All events and programs have been CANCELED until further notice.

All camping facilities are CLOSED. Campers with reservations will be contacted by the reservation system staff to be issued a full refund.

 Last updated on: Friday, March 20, 2020

Scheduled events

Jones Lake State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.


This event has been canceled.

Ever wonder what snake species are at home in eastern North Carolina? Which ones are venomous? Join a park ranger at the visitor center in exploring the various snakes in this area and the other unique species found throughout our great state. Participants should meet at the Jones Lake State Park visitor center at 10:00am.  Call the park office at (910) 588-4550 for more information. This event is free of charge and open to the general public.

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/18/2020 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

This event has been canceled.

Enjoy a lovely afternoon making crafts from items found in nature. There will be multiple crafts and endless opportunities to use your imagination. Some crafts will include pine cone bird feeders, leaf prints, animal pine cones, and tree cookie paintings. All materials will be provided. This event will be held at the park's visitor center.

Date of Event:
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

This event has been canceled.

Join a ranger at 10:00am for a guided paddle around Jones Lake. This program will be limited to 11 people. You will need to call the park office at (910) 588-4550 to reserve a seat. Canoe, paddle, lifejacket, and water to float on will be provided. It is recommended that you bring drinking water, bug spray and a change of clothes. You must be able to swim and anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please note that this program can be canceled at short notice due to weather conditions.

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 10:00am
Start Location: