Whether you want heart pounding action or quiet movement, come to the Mother County (Bladen County) and discover an abundance of challenging trails, pristine lakes, and healthy recreation. Home of the historic battlefield in Elizabethtown, the Nation’s Safest Beach at White Lake, the mysterious Carolina Bay Lakes, access to the Cape Fear River and hundreds of acres for wildlife and hunting.


Mountain to Sea Trail: Section #13 of the statewide hiking trail stretches across Bladen County from White Oak to Singletary Lake State Park.



White Lake: Resort town built around a Carolina Bay Lake. Home to several triathlons and Ironmen competition. Water sports, boating, fishing, and swimming.

White Lake Multi-use Trail: Paved path around a portion of White Lake used for running, walking and biking.

Singletary Lake State Park: 6707 NC-53, Kelly. Kayak, canoe and fish on this Carolina Bay. Group camping, hiking trails.



Tory Hole Park: 800 South Ute Ave., Elizabethtown. Site of the historic Battle of Elizabethtown. Disc Golf course, walking trail, scenic overlook and boat access.

Browns Creek Bike Park and Nature Trail: E. Broad St., Elizabethtown. Miles of challenging mountain bike trails that are good for hiking too. Ramps, jumps.

Brown’s Landing Lock & Dam #2: E. Broad St., Elizabethtown. Fishing piers and boat ramps with access to the Cape Fear River. Picnic Shelter.

Jones Lake State Park: 4117 NC 242, Elizabethtown. Swimming, kayaking, and boating on this Carolina Bay. Hiking trails around the Lake and out to Saulters Lake. Camping.

Turnbull Educational Forest: 4803 Sweet Home Church Rd, Elizabethtown. Educational display on Naval Stores and forest products. Hiking trails. Picnic pavilion.

Bladen Lakes State Forest: 4470 NC-242, Elizabethtown. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, hunting, stargazing, birding and primitive camping.

Greene’s Pond: West Broad St, Elizabethtown NC: Fishing, kayaking, canoeing, trail walks, and camping.

Cape Fear ATV Park: 1754 US-701, Elizabethtown. Motorcross track and 30 miles of marked trails. Camping.