When someone mentions scuba diving, you probably think they're going to a tropical vacation. To some people's surprise, that's not always the case. This blue lake in North Carolina is a scuba diving paradise and a hidden gem all in one. 

Blue Stone Dive Resort operated as a working rock quarry until 1961. Now, it's a scuba diver's dream spot that's located in the small town of Thomasville. 

Unlike other quarries in the state, this spot provides you with rental scuba equipment for just $50 so you don't have to break the bank buying expensive gear. 

Whether you're a pro or just starting out in this activity, you're welcome to take a dip in this water.

There are instructors on-site if you're looking to get scuba certified, so everyone can enjoy this spot. 

The quarry is 100 feet in the deepest part and depending on your ability, you might just be able to touch the bottom.

Located all on the bottom are artifacts like old boats and cars and you can actually get up close to them.

If you're not into the whole scuba diving thing, they offer snorkeling here as well.

You don't need any type of certification, but you do need to bring your own snorkel vest, mask, fins and snorkel.

Some marine life you might run into while under the water includes bass, bluegill, bream, catfish, Japanese coy, carp and painted turtles.

They will be back in business for the season on the weekend of April 25 and 26, so start planning your trip now.

Blue Stone Dive Resort 

Price: $20 to dive and snorkel 

Address: 3179 Cunningham Rd., Thomasville, NC 

Why You Need To Go: You'll get to dive in the bluest water and see artifacts on the bottom of the quarry. 

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.


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