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Upcoming Events:

Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 10:00am
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 3:00pm
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 10:00am
Fishing Pier Closed    

The fishing pier at Jones Lake State Park is currently closed to the public due to damaged caused by Hurricane Matthew.

 Posted on: Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 3:05pm
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.
Point of Interest: Contact park staff for trail interpretation. Any of three overlooks that offer views of Jones Lake. Fishing Pier that also offers a great view of Jones Lake.
Length:
4.00 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
white diamond
Surface: Natural surface, Gravel
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.
Point of Interest: Contact park staff for trail interpretation.
Length:
1.00 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
red circle
Surface: Natural surface, Gravel
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.
Point of Interest: Contact park staff for trail interpretation. Overlook at Salters Lake.
Length:
1.00 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
yellow rectangle
Surface: Natural surface, Gravel
Contact:

Jones Lake State Park

4117 Hwy 242 N
ElizabethtownNC 28337
Phone910-588-4550
jones.lake@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 34.682743
Longitude: -78.595420

Park Hours:

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.

Park Office
8am - 5pm weekdays
Closed state holidays

Visitor Center
8am - 5pm weekdays
Closed state holidays