D.C. July 17, 2016
6 Gorgeous Lakes To Visit Around Washington DC This Summer
Late summer in the city is the perfect time to escape into nature and have a day at the lake. Luckily with its proximity to Maryland and Virginia, Washington DC is not far from some beautiful lakes that are perfect for swimming, boating, fishing, and lounging. For picture-perfect views and all around fun, check out these 6 best lakes near Washington DC to visit this summer.
1. Lake Anna
Lake Anna is one of these largest inland lakes in Virginia. It’s only 72 miles south of Washington DC and is a popular spot for fishing, camping. and swimming.
2. Deep Creek Lake
Deep Creek Lake in Maryland is the largest inland body of water in the state. With 69 minutes of shoreline there’s plenty of space for fishing, sunbathing and swimming.
3. Hunting Creek Lake
Hunting Creek Lake is the popular spot in Cunningham Falls State Park in the Catoctin Mountains. Create your own outdoor adventure with swimming, paddleboat rentals, canoeing, and boating.
4. Greenbrier Lake
In the Appalachian Mountains, Greenbrier Lake is located in Greenbrier State Park and is surrounding by campgrounds, hiking trails, boat rentals, and fishing spots.
5. Lake Arrowhead
Lake Arrowhead is a 34 acre lake in the scenic Shenandoah Valley. The lake boasts a sandy beach, fishing, boating, tubing, and many hiking trails.
6. Smith Mountain Lake
Smith Mountain is actually a few hours away from Washington DC, closer to Roanoke in Souther Virginia but is one of the area’s most popular lake destinations. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Smith Mountain Lake has tons of water sports and gorgeous views.
Want to make a lake visit even sweeter? Cool off and use it as a reward from one of these epic hiking trails!