You may be surprised to learn that of all the lakes in North Carolina, the clearest lake in North Carolina has a natural, white sandy bottom and is slowly fed by artesian springs from deep beneath the earth’s surface. White Lake, located just outside of Elizabethtown, is a sight to behold and is surrounded by resorts, small theme parks, restaurants, boardwalks, and piers – all to serve the 200,000 tourists that flock to White Lake Beach each summer. Of all the spots in the state, this is one I wouldn’t skip!

Check out this beautiful birds-eye view of White Lake in this stunning video:

So, did you know White Lake has the clearest water in North Carolina? Have you ever visited? If so, what’d you think? Which other lakes are among the cleanest lakes in North Carolina? If you have any great tips and tricks for making a lake visit extra special, let us know in the comments.

There seems to be no shortage of lovely lakes in North Carolina, but those aren’t the only bodies of water in the Tar Heel State. There are tons of beautiful beaches in North Carolina too.

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What are the most beautiful beaches in North Carolina?

The most beautiful beach in North Carolina can be found all along the gorgeous coast. Here are a few you should visit:

  • Topsail Beach: An island paradise, this beauty is located just south of the Outer Banks. The tropical oasis boasts more than 20 miles of pristine coastline and some of the warmest waters on the Atlantic Ocean, making it a popular spot for a late-summer dip. Not just a great place for a swim, the island is home to thousands of loggerhead turtles. Kayaking is also a common pastime at Topsail Beach since the waters are especially calm.
  • Wrightsville Beach: This beauty offers some of the bluest water on the coast. Be sure to book a fun adventure with the local watersports company.
  • Hatteras Island: Boasting the longest beach in the entire state of North Carolina, this beach is definitely worth a visit any time of year. Visitors especially love that it's known as the "blue marling capital" of the world!


What are the best water parks in North Carolina?

The best water parks in North Carolina offer fun for the entire family. Be sure to check out Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe in Greensboro, which is one of the best. Not only is it touted as “Carolina’s favorite water park,” but it’s been rated one of the 10 best water parks in America. Definitely worthy of the recognition, it’s one of the biggest water parks in North Carolina, boasting more than 40 acres of rides and slides.

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