The weather has been slow to heat up this year, but it is finally getting close to summer, and we all know what that means: relaxing days outdoors and in the pool. For those of you who like a more natural environment, you live in the right place. Sanford is close to many different lakes and outdoor recreational areas. Here is a short list of a few watering holes that might be just your speed this summer.

Jordan Lake

A wonderful outdoor recreation location only half an hour from your front door, Jordan Lake is home to no fewer than seven swim beaches and can host campers. The area also has designated boat ramps for boating enthusiasts and boasts roughly 14 miles of hiking trails, many of which are easy enough for family excursions. The area presents educational opportunities as well, with an exhibit hall that discusses the area’s flora and fauna as well as occasional sightings of bald eagles.

Lake Johnson Park

Swimming is not allowed at Lake Johnson Park, but that should not remove the area from your list. Known for its fishing, the lake has a rental area in which visitors can rent boats, check out free rods and reels, stock up on snacks, and more. Canoes and paddleboats are available, and the lake also has both paved and unpaved trails. Though swimming is prohibited in the lake, the facilities also include a pool where you and your kids can get that water fix.

Eno Quarry Trail

The Eno Quarry Trail is located in nearby Durham, but those of you seeking to swim should be experienced and up for a challenge. The area is known for its ability to rejuvenate and relax with stunning views of local wildlife, but the water can be dangerous. Visitors recommend using a flotation device or, if you are particularly concerned, a life jacket. The trail from the entrance, around the quarry, and back is roughly two miles long.


We hope these are some lakes and watering areas you might visit this summer. While the weather is nice, get outside and enjoy the beauty of North Carolina. As always, you can contact our office if you have any questions.

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