Jones Lake State Park

Elizabethtown, NC

Where are we going?

Jones Lake State Park
4117 NC-242
NC 28337

910 588-4550

What is there to do?

Venture to Jones Lake State Park and you will find yourself in a popular destination known for lazy picnics under the shade of tall pine trees, and splashing around in warm waters.

This popular North Carolina state park is a fun family day out option for those families who LOVE to get out into nature, and enjoy the sunshine. There might even be some adventure in your day too! 

Did you know that Jones Lake State Park surrounds not one, but TWO of the many mysterious bay lakes found in eastern North Carolina? Yep! Access however to the remote Salters Lake is by permit only.

Across the year, the park is buzzing with canoes and kayaks out on the lake, and even motorized craft (of 10 horsepower of less) are welcome!

During the summer months, you can even rent canoes and paddleboats for the family. You might want to enjoy a spot of pier fishing too!

The sandy beach of Jones Lake is a great place for sunbathing and taking a dip in the shallow water.  There is a fee for swimming from Memorial Day to Labor Day when lifeguards are on duty. 

A good place to start your day of adventure is at the visitor center and exhibit hall. It's here you will be introduced to the ecology of the bay laps, which is great to know when you take on the four-mile loop trail through bay thickets and pond cypress. Keep an eye out for the Spanish moss too!

If you want to extend your day of fun, why not try out the family camping sites? These are quiet and serene, and a fun way finish a day of excitement, nature and wildlife spotting. 

A great day in a great State Park. Grab that sense of adventure, and let's go!

How much does it cost?

Adults: Free to enter the park! $5 to swim Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day

Children: Free to enter the park! $4 to swim Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day (Ages 3-12)


Need a little extra help?

The trails are gravel and natural terrain so wheelchairs may struggle.


When can we go?

Park: 8am to close between 6pm - 9pm pending month. Visitor Center 8am - 5pm weekdays.

Open year round but closed Christmas Day.Visitor Center closed state holidays


Any top tips?

Canoes and pedalboats can be rented at the beach area Memorial Day through Labor Day. Canoes accommodate 2 people. Pedalboats accommodate 4 people. Fees are $5 per hour.

I’m Hungry!

Take a picnic! There are plenty of great spots, and what better way to enjoy a delicious homemade lunch than on the shores of a lake

Healthy Eating

Take plenty of bottled water as you will need to stay hydrated! - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
© Family Days Out 2021