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Singletary Lake State Park

First Day Hike

Singletary Lake State Park
Date of Event: 
Mon, 01/01/2018 - 8:00am

Start your New Year by exploring the mysterious Carolina Bays! This 1-mile hile hike will begin at 8:00 AM at the park office. Hikers will learn formation theories of bay lakes as well as facts about Singletary Lake State Park. Please contact the park office to register by calling 910-669-2928. 

Bay Lake Mystery

Mysterious bay lakes pop up all across the southeastern United States. These lakes are all shallow, all oval, and weirdly all facing the same direction, a fact that has baffled geologists for as long as they've known about them. Join a park ranger as we look at maps of the area, make predictions and test hypotheses as we try to determine why the lakes look like they do. Who knows? Maybe we'll solve the Bay Lake Mystery!

Park News

Each of North Carolina’s state parks has special events during the year and news about facilities, trails, staff and park supporters. And, visitors are frequently finding new ways to explore a park’s unique cultural and natural resources. Check these pages to keep abreast of the news at your favorite parks.

Reservable Facilities

In addition to group cabins, you can reserve the following facilities at this park:

Education Building

The Education Building accommodates up to 30 people. Restroom and drinking fountain are nearby, and the building is handicap accessible. Reservations are required. Please call the park for more information.


Group Camping

Singletary Lake State Park has two organized group camps available to nonprofit organizations. The camps provide a unique camping experience, creating the perfect setting in which to interpret natural surroundings and to unite in work and play. At least 20 people must be in the group, and the group must also be part of a verifiable organization.


Special explorations of Singletary Lake State Park can be arranged for your group or class. Requests for these park programs must be made in writing at least four weeks in advance of the anticipated park visit. Contact the park office for program request forms.



The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.

While camping in the park, take advantage of the recreation opportunities offered by this unique bay lake. Relax along the lakeshore among beautiful cypress trees - some of which sprouted more than 400 years ago.


Singletary Lake was named for Richard Singletary, who received a grant of land in Bladen County in 1729. Since colonial times, the region surrounding Singletary Lake was settled and used for subsistence farming along its river lowlands and creek bottoms. Longleaf pines—primarily used for turpentine pitch and timber—were then prolific in the area. They were logged and used used for the production of naval stores.