There’s no better way to cool down during the summer than to go swimming. If there’s no public pool nearby or if you don’t own your own, you and your family can still find some water to enjoy. We’ve found four public beaches in the Tristate that are perfect for individuals and families wanting to swim.

East Fork State Park

East Fork State Park in Bethel has a 1,200-foot swimming beach that is open during daylight hours in the summer. While the beach does not have lifeguards, it does have changing booths, showers, restrooms and a vending area. After taking a swim, visitors can kayak or paddleboard on the lake, or take advantage of one of the park’s hiking trails.

Stonelick State Park


In Pleasant Plain, families can find a smaller, though no less enjoyable, swimming beach at Stonelick State Park. The 500-foot beach is open daylight to dusk during the summer. Because motored boats are not allowed on the lake, Stonelick Lake is also ideal for canoeing and kayaking.

Caesar Creek State Park

Caesar Creek State Park in Waynesville has the region’s largest public beach at 1,300 feet. The beach is open during daylight hours and has a concession area and changing booths. The 2,830-acre lake offers plenty of opportunities for other types of recreation, too, including boating, water skiing and fishing.

Cowan Lake State Park

The 1,000-foot public beach at Cowan Lake State Park in Wilmington is another great option for those looking to swim. The beach has a bathhouse, showers and a snack bar and is open during daylight hours. If you need a break from swimming, visitors can also use boats up 10 horsepower, go fishing or hike the park’s six trails.