Grab your swim suit and cool off at these great lakes and swimming spots in the Washington, DC area. Throughout the summer you can enjoy beautiful scenery and swimming at sandy beaches, swimming holes and small lakes in suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia.
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14039 Catoctin Hollow Road. Thurmont, Maryland. The park includes a recreation area with a 44-acre lake (Hunting Creek Lake) for swimming, boating and fishing. There is a small sandy beach and a snack bar. The main attraction of this park is the beautiful 78-foot cascading waterfalls. There are also campgrounds, playgrounds, picnic areas and hiking trails.
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21843 National Pike, Boonsboro, Maryland. Located in the Appalachian Mountains, the park has a 42-acre man-made freshwater lake and beach. Visitors enjoy swimming, boating, hiking, picnicking, fishing and hunting. Picnic tables and grills and playgrounds are available. This park also has campgrounds and a camp store.
1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland. The 786-acre park is located in Anne Arundel County, Maryland on the west side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and offers recreational activities including swimming, fishing, crabbing, boating and windsurfing.
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11175 Point Lookout Road. Scotland, Maryland. The park is located at the most southern point of Maryland on the west side of the Chesapeake Bay. Visitors enjoy great views as well as swimming, fishing, boating and camping. Point Lookout is a historic site, the location of a prison camp during the Civil War.
6800 Lawyers Rd. Spotsylvania, Virginia. Activity at this park centers around the 13,000-acre lake. The park has a guarded swimming beach, a children’s play area, a boat ramp, a food concession stand, a bathhouse, rental cabins, camping, hiking trails, and picnic areas.