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Sunset at Jones Lake State Park
Current status of park facilities   

The swim beach remains CLOSED. There are no boat rentals or picnic shelter reservations.

Trails and restrooms are open. The visitor center also remains closed. Park gates close at sunset.

Campsites are open to reservations, with the exception of group campsites, which remain closed.

When visiting, please follow social distancing guidelines, regardless of the behavior of others. Please try to stay 6 feet away from other visitors and park staff or wear a mask or face covering. Try to touch as few surfaces as possible and do not enter areas that have been closed off. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit, and stay home if you are sick.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended until at least September 11, 2020.

 Last updated on: Thursday, August 6, 2020


Map of North Carolina – Jones Lake State Park


Contact the park
 

910-588-4550

jones.lake@ncparks.gov
 

Address
 

Visitor center

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

GPS: 34.6827, -78.5954
 

Hours
 

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  • 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
     

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  • 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
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 hike
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 hike
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 hike
Blaze:
yellow rectangle