Near quaint Elizabethtown, NC, come discover the charm of Bay Tree Lakes – a whole new approach to lakefront living in North Carolina. Swim, fish or boat along the pristine waters of these magnificent lakes. Walk or bike miles of scenic shoreline – or kick back and relax – and enjoy the simple pleasure of wonderful lake breezes and beautiful sunsets. No matter what you are seeking, you’ll find plenty of fun and lots of terrific memories at Bay Tree Lakes.

A Natural History

Of our pristine freshwater lake
Commonly referred to as the Carolina Bays, our magnificent lake is thought to have been created by either a meteor shower or an iceberg thousands of years ago. The lake and its pristine waters created the perfect ecosystem, ideal for hunting and fishing for Native Americans and early settlers alike.

In 1972, the community of Bay Tree Lakes was established for families who wanted to enjoy all that lakefront living in Southeastern North Carolina had to offer. During those early years, the lake’s bottom was completely resurfaced giving Bay Tree Lakes the white, sandy shores and clean, clear waterways that we enjoy today. The community has since been carefully developed to conserve the natural beauty of the area for future generations and beyond.

Our location: Discover a well kept secret

One of North Carolina’s oldest towns, Elizabethtown includes a charming downtown with boutiques, shops, specialty services and restaurants. With North Carolina’s increasing population, Bay Tree Lakes offers a nice change of pace to the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

You’ll find several great restaurants, shopping centers and unique attractions just outside of the community. The everyday conveniences of grocery shopping, hardware stores and casual dining are less than 15-minutes from our gates-allowing you to feel a world apart but never far away.

  • Interstate 40
    30 mins
  • Interstate 95
    40 mins
  • Fayetteville, NC
    40 mins
  • Wilmington, NC
    45 mins
  • Myrtle Beach, SC
    90 mins
  • Raleigh, NC
    95 mins
  • Greensboro, NC
    2 hours
  • Charlotte, NC
    3 hours

Life on the Water

Resort-style AMENITIES & Lake Recreation
Take a refreshing dip in our resort-style pool. Enjoy an evening stroll, or a leisurely bike ride along newly resurfaced paths. Take a golf cart ride around the neighborhood to say hello to friends and take in the fresh lake air. And, of course, our community is a water lover’s paradise. There’s fishing, kayaking, boating, skiing, or simply enjoying the white-sand shores of our Beach Club – just to name a few of the endless options Bay Tree Lakes has to offer. With so much to do, the hardest part will be choosing what’s next.

  • Courts & Playground
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    Whether you’re looking to play a tennis match with a partner, shoot some hoops with friends, or take the kids to the playground, an active lifestyle awaits you here at Bay Tree Lakes.

  • Nature Trails
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    Get out and enjoy the fresh air of Bay Tree Lakes! Our trails offer miles of exercise or allow you to take a peaceful evening stroll through the natural beauty of our community.

  • Water Recreation
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    Boating, skiing, tubing, fishing, swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking – whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, the possibilies are nearly endless on our lake!

  • Resort-Style Pool
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    Take in beautiful views of the lake while lounging poolside with the family. Our resort-style pool is fun and functional, with Olympic size lanes for fitness.

  • Beach Club & Cabana
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    Private, carefree and crowd free. Where white-sand shores meet fresh water at a shallow entry point. The perfect place to get a little sun or cool off in the lake.

  • Private Community
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    Our gated community offers the privacy you want while still allowing easy access to local conveniences. With no through-traffic, our community enjoys safer roads and a quieter atmosphere.

Your piece of this lakefront paradise awaits. We offer three distinct, yet equally beautiful, types of properties at Bay Tree Lakes: lakefront homesites, waterway homesites & wooded homesites. It’s time for you to kick back and relax at Bay Tree Lakes.
  • Lakefront Homesites

    STARTING AT $29,990

    Our lakefront homesites give you the opportunity to experience life on the water at an extraordinary value. Don’t pass up the opportunity to live life on these lakes with spectacular views.


  • Waterway Homesites

    STARTING AT $29,990

    At up to 120 feet wide and 20 feet deep and stretching for over 4 miles, the waterways at Bay Tree Lakes are very unique and provide access to all three lakes in the community.


  • Wooded Homesites

    STARTING AT $29,990

    Buying a forest property gives you all the benefits of living at the lake in a private gated community with fabulous amenities, and Bay Tree Lakes offers that at a terrific value.