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6707 N.C. 53 E.
Kelly, NC 28448



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GPS: 34.5831, -78.4496


8am - 5pm daily
Closed Christmas Day
Public access is limited to hiking, fishing and private watercraft. Swimming is available for group campers only.

Status of park facilities   

Trails at the park are open, but the park office and all restrooms are CLOSED. Park gates will close at sunset.

All group camp facilities are CLOSED. Campers with reservations will be contacted by park staff.

 Last updated on: Friday, March 20, 2020

List of trails

Flat terrain offers an easy exploration of North Carolina's bay lakes with plenty of opportunities for environmental education. 


Bay Tree State Natural Area Trails
Location: Bay Tree State Natural Area/Hwy 41/Bladen County


Bay Tree Lake State Natual Area encompasses 620 acres of Longleaf pine forest, Carolina bay, and xeric sandhill upland that features turkey oak, bluejack oak, and southern magnolia.  An undeveloped parking area is located off Hwy 41 approximately 3.5 miles east of NC 701 at White Lake.  This area features sizable populations of eastern fox squirrel and American black bear among the more common species such as gray squirrel, white-tailed deer, cottontail rabbit, bobcat, coyote, river otter, and beaver.  Birders will find a variety of species both indigenous to the forest and the lake shore.  Hikers are cautioned that trails may feature venemous snake species to include Southern copperhead, cottonmouth moccasin, pygmy and canebrake rattlesnakes.  Those who desire to access the 1485-acre Bay Tree Lake with four-wheel-drive vehicles to canoe or kayak may register to do so by calling the park office during weekday business hours at (910) 669-2928.

Surface: natural surface

4.90 miles
moderate hike
White Hiking Markers/Trail Signs

CCC Loop Trail
Location: Begins near the pier at the lakeshore


Journey through a forest of bay shrubs, cedar, cypress, gum and poplars. The return segment of the trail takes you through a forest of longleaf pine and bay vegetation.

Surface: natural surface, gravel, paved

1.00 miles
easy hike
orange triangle