With North Carolina's state parks and forests
North Carolina state parks and forests offer great places to cool off from summer’s heat. Here are three destinations.
- Jones Lake State Park in Elizabethtown has a sandy swim beach on a bay lake. Parents, especially, appreciate its shallow water, around 4.5 feet deep. There’s also a bathhouse, concession stand and hiking trails. A visitor center and exhibit hall explains bay lake ecology. 910-588-4550 or ncparks.gov/jones-lake-state-park.
- Morrow Mountain State Park, located near Albemarle, has a large swimming pool and a children’s pool, along with a handsome stone bathhouse built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Projects Administration. You can also explore a homestead of a 19th-century doctor at the park. His house is open summertime on Sundays from 2 to 3 p.m. 704-982-4402 or ncparks.gov/morrow-mountain-state-park.