The swim beach remains CLOSED. There are no boat rentals.
Trails and restrooms are open. All campsites, including group campsites, are open; reservations are required.
The visitor center is open. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the visitor center.
Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of October 3, we are following modified Phase 3.Last updated on: Monday, October 5, 2020
If you have a camping reservation and will be arriving after park hours please call the park, during park office hours, to obtain information on how to access the campground after park hours.Last updated on: Friday, September 11, 2020
Contact the park
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
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.