Jones Lake Trail is a 4.3 mile loop trail located near Elizabethtown, North Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and off road driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.3 miles
19 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


off road driving


Directions from Elizabethtown, NC: Jones Lake State Park is located in Bladen County, four miles south of Elizabethtown on NC 242. After passing the park entrance, park in the mail parking lot. The trail begins along the lake behind the picnic shelter.

1 hour ago

I enjoyed the trail. While you're on the Bay Trail take the Salter Lake Trail to check it out they have a beautiful view with a table to take a lunch break and it's at about the half way point. Most wet areas have raised walkways.

10 days ago

This was a very nice easy hike - did not see anyone else on the trail from start to finish. Shaded so nice and cool. Dogs loved it too.

3 months ago

Hiked the 4 mile Bay Trail that is a loop around Jones Lake. Had my 2 sons (20 & 10) along on a July afternoon. We were the only ones on the trail and only a few people were at the park. The trail was well marked and passed through a couple of different ecosystems which was nice. As others mentioned, some of it was access dirt roads, but that was fine as we still saw birds, different woodlands, & what appeared to be good sized coyote pawprints in the sand for a right good portion. No human tracks near them, so it wasn't a dog. Nice overlook spots to sit on the benches and take in a nice view of the lake along with a great breeze coming off of the water. Take bug spray, you'll have to reapply about halfway through your hike. This would also make a nice trail run for training. Park was very clean and we did see park rangers on a Gator 4 wheeler while on the trail. We'll be back fir some kayaking & paddleboarding too!

4 months ago

Nice little scenic trail that I did with my twin brother several years ago while we were camping in the area. And yes, it is buggy!

6 months ago

Very scenic. The Bay trail offered a few outlooks to a gorgeous view of the lake. There are a lot of bugs and bees, but if you don’t make eye-contact you’ll be fine. Lol.
There’s also a volleyball net. Had I known, I would’ve brought my ball.
Feel free to venture and enjoy. But, don’t tell ppl. Tis my escape from the bustle of crowds and the city :)

10 months ago

Nothing special, but infrequently traveled.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Nice hiking trail. 4.5 miles. Bring bug spray! Not just spray and go. Spray and bring the bottle with you to spray some more. Would hike it again. Picnic area is very clean with a beautiful view. Really enjoyed it.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Well maintained trails, not a lot of people are using them. Perfect place to get in contact with mother nature and the lake different view points are amazing!!

Monday, November 07, 2016

The park is very nice but due to hurricane mathew all trails are closed indefinitely

Friday, May 08, 2015

Great loop trail. Well-marked, not a lot of foot traffic on a week-day afternoon. Loved walking between different mini ecosystems, from wetlands to sandhills forest. Saw some neat birds, amphibians and plants!

Monday, April 20, 2015

4.5 mile loop trail around Jones Lake. Well maintained trail, and you pass through a variety of ecosystems, which is nice, but unfortunately more than half the hike is just walking along the access roads. There are a few lookouts onto Jones Lake, but there really isn't much to see - and most of the trail is around the Carolina Bay, so the lake is quite far from the trail. Saw only 3 other people during the entire walk so it is definitely secluded which is a plus. Bring bug spray.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Beautiful little hidden treasure. I wore my garmin throughout and measured the trail to be 4 miles. Very easy walking, and even running, trail. Flat, well marked with lots to see. The views of the bay are only at the beginning and the end of the trail, but they are beautiful. There are several lookouts along the trail around the bay that have a bench for you to sit and enjoy the view. Miles 1, 2, and 3 are marked when walking clockwise along the trail (I didn't look behind me). Even the service road portion is nice. Not much foot traffic in January. I plan to visit again. -uploaded several pictures and my garmin track

Monday, October 08, 2012

Great view on the lake, but you will not see much of it from the trail. A large portion of the trail is service roads of the state park, which are not as nice as the rest of the trail. Different maps say different lengths of the trail, but this 3.5 to 4 mile trail can be extended by takinghe trail half way through to go around another lake... maybe next time.

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