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These 8 Swimming Holes Have The Clearest, Most Pristine Water In North Carolina

Summer is the perfect time to a dip in one of North Carolina’s many swimming holes. Between lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and the ocean…there’s a lot to choose from. But sometimes not seeing the bottom can be a bit nerve-wracking. Luckily, North Carolina is home to some amazing, crystal clear swimming holes that will make the end of your summer beyond epic.

These eight places offer so many unforgettable experiences, from a cool dip with mountain views, to a bit of a hike, or even simply moving from your beach chair to the ocean – North Carolina has some beautifully diverse swimming holes, where you can STILL see the bottom! Now I’d like summer to start all over again so I can visit each and every one time and time again!

What are you favorite crystal clear swimming holes in North Carolina?

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Emory Rakestraw
Emory was born and raised in North Carolina. She enjoys writing, photography, filmmaking, travel, wine and cheese. You can find more of her work on