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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 nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.3 mi Elevation gain 19 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Lake

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As of June 15, 2020, users have reported that part of the trail is CLOSED due to flooding. Please see the park's website for up to date information before visiting.

North Carolina Div. Of Travel and Tourism, 301 N. Wilmington Street , Raleigh, NC, 27601, Phone: 919-733-4171

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.

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Dustin Mitchell
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This was a fun hike but mosquitoes were absolutely terrible (even with picaridin) and half of trail was closed due to high water with no alternate and no indication of the closure until you got to it.

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Meredith Esparza
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HikingBugs

A lot of the trial doubles with the service road. Not a lot in the shade and woods. Lots of mosquitos. Even with protection I was eaten up. Part of the trail was closed due to being flooded. Will come back another time to complete the whole trail.

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Cindy Blunt
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Wish I would have read the previous review better before going. This was a great hike and very cool change of scenery, but the first quarter of the trail to the RIGHT had at least 15 flooded areas of ankle deep mud, and thick brush to the side so you can’t really walk around. It hasn’t rained in a week or so, so I am guessing it’s a normal occurrence. You couldn’t even make it to overlook 1 or 2. Go to the LEFT on the trail, it’s only slightly muddy in a few spots but this isn’t anything compared to the other side. Dry all the way to the other lake. Like the other reviewer said, we were surprised it wasn’t closed on the left. Took a little over 4 hours, including checking out the other lake. They have really put a lot of work into the trail and it’s really a novelty in SE NC. Love that it’s there, just either go when it’s really dry or go to the lake and come back the same way to the left.

Lacey Eaton
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Crystal Willett
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HikingWashed out

The hike would have been great except for the HUGE flooded paths that needed to be crossed and some deeper than they look. It was a nice day, windy and cold, but a great day for a hike. The beginning of the trail had a little water issue that I managed to get around (and I thought they were HUGE until I saw what was ahead). I went all the way to Salter Lake as well. The return part of the Bay Trail and a lot of Cedar Loop Trail was flooded quite badly. I continued to poke my hiking stick in the ground and step where it didn't sink the stick 1/2 way up in mud/water. I kept checking to see if the trail was marked closed or anything and didn't see anywhere that it was. I wished the person that hike a few days before me would have mentioned it. Hopefully, my warning will help you decide whether to go or not during this time. Total miles was 7.4 going to Salter Lake and back plus getting turned around on the Bay Loop at Cedar Loop for a bit.

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shelah blauvelt
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Michael Kirkpatrick
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Laura Power
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Beau Young
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Hiking

Best trail so far! Many secluded swimming spots and empty.

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Karen Wallace
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awesome trail

Jamie Jones
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Hiking

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.

Robert Befus
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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.

Regina Hart
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Hiking

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!

Herman Bolster
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Walking

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!

Heather Elizabeth
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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 :)

Tim Curtis
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Nothing special, but infrequently traveled.

Kim Dummermuth
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Hiking

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.

Pablo Tejada
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Hiking

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!!

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

Mischa Olson
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Hiking

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!

Josh Weiss
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Hiking

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.

Kimberle McGill
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Hiking

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

Aaron Wallace
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Hiking

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.

Ron Haynes
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Kelsey Lemburg
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