The beautiful resort community of White Lake is focused around the body of water from which it gets its name. Located in the Southeastern part of North Carolina, the town has a very small population of less than 1,000 people, but sees up to 200,000 visitors each summer. With approximately 1,200 acres of water and an average temperature of 63 degrees, it’s the perfect spot for your next vacation, whether you want to spend it on the water or on land.

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Even though you’re in the heart of North Carolina when you visit White Lake, you’ll feel like you’re on a tropical island because of the lake’s white sand crystal clear water. It’s unlike anything you’ll see at most other lakes, but is due to the fact that the lake is fed by subterranean springs.

Because of this, there is also no riptide and no current, meaning it’s a safe place to swim for people of all ages and swimming abilities. In fact, it’s been named “The Nation’s Safest Beach.”

The White Lake Water Park has lots of slides and pools for both children and adults.
The White Lake Water Park has lots of slides and pools for both children and adults.

The most obvious draw to the area is the watersports. The lake offers plenty of opportunities to waterski, wakeboard, jet ski, swim and go boating. Plus, there’s an entire water park located in White Lake as well. The park features a 50 foot tall, 210 foot long twisting slide, a 600 foot lazy river, a 2,000 square foot swimming pool, 100,000 gallon wave pool, kiddie slides, bumper boat pool and much more.

The Harmony Hall Plantation in nearby White Oak is one of the oldest residences in NC.
The Harmony Hall Plantation in nearby White Oak is one of the oldest residences in NC.

If you prefer to have your fun on land, you can check out the miniature golf course, race go-karts at White Lake Go Kart or for a bit of historical fun, tour the Harmony Hall Plantation in nearby White Oak. The 1760’s-era, fully-restored home is one of the oldest residences in North Carolina and is open for tours.

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Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll also want to make sure to stop in at Ski Burger. The local spot is open for breakfast and lunch and serves up Southern basics like fried bologna, fried green beans and ribeye steak sandwiches.

White Lake, North Carolina

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