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July 15, 2024 5:49 am

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Cool Off at Western North Carolina’s Top Swimming Spots

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As summer heats up in Western North Carolina, locals and visitors alike are on the lookout for the best places to cool off. Fortunately, the region offers several beautiful lakes perfect for a refreshing swim.

Hope Mills Lake, the closest spot, welcomes swimmers from Memorial Day through Labor Day, with hours from sunrise to 30 minutes before sunset on weekdays and 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sundays. For those willing to drive a bit further, White Lake in Bladen County offers crystal-clear waters and an array of water sports. Another great option is Jones Lake State Park, known for its unique geological formations and rich history. Whether you’re into paddling, hiking, or just taking a dip, these spots provide a perfect summer escape.