The Old Swimming Hole
Summer’s here, school is out, and the weather is just fine for taking a quick dip or spending a long day at any old local swimming hole. Whether it be part of a lake, river, pond, stream, or creek doesn’t matter, any body of water that’s got a spot deep enough for swimming or bathing qualifies as a swimming hole.
Into The Wild – The difference between a swimming hole and a swimming pool is like the difference between pedaling a bicycle along a neighborhood street or riding a mountain bike down a wooded trial. Most swimming holes are surrounded by natural beauty – from pristine and serene to spectacular – and are a lot more fun than their chlorinated counterparts. And just getting there can itself be an adventure! You can find many swimming holes in North Carolina (76) to choose from at http://www.swimmingholes.org/nc.html along with very approximate directions.
Hanging Rock State Park – Located north of Winston Salem in the Sauratown Mountains, Hanging Rock boasts the closest mountain waterfalls (as well as several cascades) to the Triad. On a 12-acre lake there’s a stone and timber bathhouse with bathrooms, dressing rooms, snack bar, lounge, and swimming area that is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. throughout the summer.
I went last year with my son and we had a blast! There are lifeguards, which made this mom feel even more at ease. They also have a platform with a diving board, which my son really enjoyed! There is a beach, so you can bring your towel to sit and take a break, and enjoy the surrounding mountains. This is a great day trip to just get away from it all!
Getting There From Here – Hanging Rock State Park is four miles northwest of Danbury in Stokes County. From I-40, take US 52 north to the Germanton/NC 8 exit. Then turn left and follo NC 8 for 25 miles through Danbury. At two miles north of Danbury turn left onto Hanging Rock Road/SR 2015. The park entrance will be two miles ahead at the end of Hanging Rock Road.