4117 N.C. 242 N.
Elizabethtown, NC 28337
GPS: 34.682743, -78.595420
November - February: 8am - 6pm
March - May and September and October: 8am - 8pm
June - August: 8am - 9pm.
Closed Christmas Day
Park gate is closed and locked at park closing time.
8am - 5pm weekdays
Closed state holidays
List of 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 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.
Part of the Bay Trail, Cedar Loop offers a one-mile journey through both the bay forest and sand ridge communities.
The trail passes through bay forest as well as sand ridge communities and ends at the shore of Salters Lake.