When it comes to visiting North Carolina, most people travel either to the Great Smoky Mountains on one side of the state, or they head over to the east coast to visit one of the many beaches. What some might not know is that there are a few hidden gems in North Carolina that are just as fun as the two main attractions. One of these spots is a man-made lake that just reopened for the season and people have already been flocking to it. 

Lake Pines Swim Club in Fayetteville, North Carolina is just outside of Fort Bragg, and a quick drive from Charlotte.

It reopened on Saturday, June 6 and is welcoming all visitors to come take a dip in its unique water park. The water is as blue as can be, and you'll feel like you're at on the coast. 

This facility is over 20-acres and has a huge white sandy beach that you can put your chair on and just sit back and relax on. 

There are many water slides, diving boards, picnic areas, a beach volleyball court and built-in grills. You could easily spend a whole Saturday here and not get bored. 

The lake covers about 2-acres of land, which is a huge space for all the guests that visit throughout the summer to swim comfortably. 

The water comes from an underground spring that's chemically treated to control algae and bacteria, according to Visit Fayetteville's website

There are also certified lifeguards always on duty. 

Lake Pines has a full snack bar filled with lunch items, snacks and tasty treats for the hottest days. 

Guests are also more than welcome to bring their own food and drinks in to chow down on their favorite sandwiches and chips. 

Right now, the park is only allowed to operate at 50% capacity, so guests should call before they arrive to make sure they'll be allowed to enter. 

Lake Pines Swim Club 

Price: $12

Address: 252 Lake Pines Dr. Fayetteville, NC 

Why You Need To Go: This hidden blue water lake in NC is affordable and fun to visit during the summer. 

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.