Swimming Holes to Beat the Heat

July 11, 2017

As any true southerner will tell you, when vacationing in the South over the summer, you should know ahead of time where the local swimming holes may be found. Cumberland County’s communities offer our visitors a spring-fed lake, water parks, and community pools to help beat the heat. We have put together a handy list of these six water attractions to explore while visiting the greater Fayetteville area. After all, swimming holes are where the best summer memories are made!

Lake Pines Swim Club

A few generations of folks have grown up playing at this swimming hole every summer. An underground spring feeds the two-acre body of water and is chemically treated. When they aren’t getting “wet ‘n wild,” visitors enjoy lounging on the white sand beach, cooking their own food on the barbecue grills, and gathering under the cabanas or in the group picnic area.

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Ronnie “Chase” Chalmers Pool at Smith Recreation Center and Seabrook Park

One of three Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation (FCPR) community pools, this site offers its swimmers a six-lane lap pool. Parents of little ones also appreciate the separate wading pool and the water playground area.

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Lake Waldo’s Beach Recreation Area

Even though Hurricane Matthew did some damage to Lake Waldo’s dam last year, this recreation area still opened its doors to the public for the summer. The lake portion of the park may be closed, but visitors are enjoying the lazy river, water slides, two swimming pools, picnic areas, and campground here.

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Photo Credit: @LakeWaldo’sBeachSwimmingArea&Campground

Keith A. Bates, Sr. Pool at College Lakes Recreation Center

The newest FCPR community pool to open its doors is this facility, featuring a six-lane lap pool. Kids have a ball on the 24-foot enclosed water slide, and little ones enjoy the kiddie pool.

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Photo Credit: @fcpr.us

Fantasy Lake Water Park

As we shared on “Summertime Livin’ in Hope Mills,” this six-acre, man-made lake represents a longstanding family tradition with the locals. Whether you plan on braving the jump tower, relaxing on the water swings, or trapezing across the water, there is an endless number of activities to keep the whole family entertained all day at this park.

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Westover Aquatic Center at Westover Recreation Center

Another FCPR community pool, this facility offers swimmers an eight-lane competition pool, wading pool, and 12-foot water slide.

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Are you planning a visit to the greater Fayetteville area this summer? Start with the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (FACVB) extensive list of local accommodations, to include 36 facilities that feature an onsite swimming pool. Cumberland County’s communities offer our visitors a wide variety of summertime entertainment and adventure—from festivals to farmer’s markets to fun-runs. For even more things to do, check out the FACVB’s calendar of events.



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