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Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 2:00pm
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Campground Closure through 10-14-2019   

The campground will be closed through 10-14-2019 due to construction.

 Last updated on: Friday, June 14, 2019

Trails

Aromatic bay thickets and pond cypress stands draped with Spanish moss are signature attractions on a four-mile trail that loops around one of North Carolina’s mysterious bay lakes. Hiking is a great addition to a family picnic or swim session.

 


Bay Trail
Location: Begin Bay Trail at the picnic area or campground.

Description:

Bay Trail is a loop around Jones Lake, offering an excellent chance to experience the habitats of a Carolina bay. Wander through dense vegetation and over boggy soil to view lovely lakeside flora. Large pond cypress trees, draped with Spanish moss, line the shore and grow in the shallow water. Leatherwood plants with delicate white flowers, also called titi, overhang the water’s edge. Several short side-trails lead to the lake, allowing hikers a chance to catch their breath while viewing the vista across the lake.


Surface: natural surface, gravel

Length:
4.00 miles
loop
Difficulty:
moderate
Blaze:
white diamond

Cedar Loop Trail
Location: Starts at far end of the picnic area farthest from Large Picnic Shelter.

Description:

Part of the Bay Trail, Cedar Loop offers a one-mile journey through both the bay forest and sand ridge communities.


Surface: natural surface, gravel

Length:
1.00 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:
red circle

Salters Lake Trail
Location: Salters Lake Trail connects the Bay Trail to Salters Lake.

Description:

The trail passes through bay forest as well as sand ridge communities and ends at the shore of Salters Lake.


Surface: natural surface, gravel

Length:
1.00 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate
Blaze:
yellow rectangle

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

910-588-4550
jones.lake@ncparks.gov

 

Map of North Carolina

GPS: 34.682743, -78.595420

 

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