Top 6 Swimming Spots in the DC Area

As the last stretch of summer approaches, the Donovan Home Team has compiled a list of swim spots perfect for day trips with friends or the kids!

In no particular order...

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1. Cascade Lake Water Park, Hampstead, MD

http://www.cascadelake.com/

  • This exciting water park is nestled in 6 acres of beautiful water surrounded by rolling hills and forests. The large swimming area is roped off and guarded by certified lifeguards. There are various sized waterslides and several floating platforms. In addition, five pavilions, charcoal grills, fishing spots, paddleboats, and a Spray ‘N' Play playground which features geysers, bubblers, and water tunnels great for kids!
  • Prices: http://www.cascadelake.com/rates.html
  • Distance:  66.7 miles away from D.C.
  • (The address will bring you to Simmons Homemade Ice Cream Store. Keep driving 0.2 miles until the next slight left turn onto a road with a black metal gate. The lake is be at the end of the road.)

 

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2. Beaver Damn Swimming Club, Cockeysville, MD

http://beaverdamswimmingclub.com/index.html

  • Covering about 30 acres, it's known for its fresh water quarry and infamous rope swing. There are 2 pools you can choose from to swim in which reach 5 feet deep or take a break from swimming and enjoy some volleyball, basketball, or a shaded grill area for cookouts.
  • Prices: http://beaverdamswimmingclub.com/prices.html
  • Distance:  57.4 miles away from D.C.

 

 

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3. Overall Run Falls, West Luray, VA

https://www.nps.gov/shen/overall-run.htm

http://www.recreation.gov/camping/mathews-arm-campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70851

  • Overall Run is best known for its 93 foot waterfall, the tallest in Shenandoah National Park. The hike up to the falls provides breathtaking views of the Shenandoah Valley and Massanutten Mountain. The water running downstream leads into three separate swimming holes, one of which is over 7 feet deep. The best part of the trip is the fantastic water slide that’s created from the water running over the smooth rocks. There’s also a spot to soak up the sun right next to the water if you’re just there to relax and unwind.
  • Price:  There is a $20 fee per vehicle to enter the park. The pass issued is valid for one week.
  • Distance:  92.9 miles away from D.C.
  • Trailhead is located at Mathews Arm Campground at mile 21.1 on Skyline Drive. Here you can find the beginning of the Overall Run Falls hike and the Traces Trail hike.

 

 

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4. Lake Anna, Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA

http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/lake-anna#general_information

 

 

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5. Hunting Creek Lake at Cunningham Falls State Park, Thurmont, MD

http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/pages/western/cunningham.aspx

  • Surrounded by a lush forest, Hunting Creek Lake is a man-made reservoir reaching up to 75 feet at its deepest point. The lake has two beach areas with gorgeous white sand, the North and the South. The North offers a beautiful beach area for visitors to swim or rent canoes and pedal boats while the south area has swimming and concessions.
  • Price:  No entrance fee
  • Distance:  67.7 miles away from D.C.
  • The William Houck Area is located three miles west of Thurmont on Route 77.

 

 

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6. Greenbrier State Park, Boonsboro, MD

http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/pages/western/greenbrier.aspx

  • Best known for the Appalachian Trail that runs through its forests, Greenbrier State Park also has a 42-acre man-made lake that has a 1,000-foot beach. The swimming area at the beach has a gradual slope reaching a depth of 6 feet and looks out over the stunning blue water. Activities include swimming, canoeing, hiking, picnicking, fishing, hunting, or renting pedal boats.
  • Prices: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/pages/western/greenbrier.aspx
  • Distance:  63.5 miles away from D.C.

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