Carolina Bay Lakes Byway


  • DesignationState Byway
  • LocationNC
  • Length38.2 miles
Statewide Byway Partners
North Carolina Department of Transportation
Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
Carolina Bay Lakes Byway


The Carolina Bay Lakes Byway showcases North Carolina’s fertile farmlands beginning in Elizabethtown. This route features several lakes tucked along vast farmlands that have been an enigma for scientists and locals for many years. Jones Lake, White Lake, Singletary Lake, and Lake Waccamaw are all known as Carolina Bays. Once believed to have been formed by ancient meteor showers, these oval depressions have garnered the attention of scientists from all over for many years. Newer theories suggest that these pools were created from the wave motion of the ocean as it receded, and the perpetual winds blowing in one direction for long periods of time helped to create these elliptical shapes. No matter the theory, they have gathered water and decomposed organic material over many years to create the fertile farmlands that lay along this route today.

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