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From secret waterfalls to crazy rope swings, these are the 5 best places to swim around DC

Are you always dying to swim somewhere awesome, but just end up sitting in your stepdad's Jacuzzi tub and weeping? Well, stop doing that (it's weird), and check out our list of the five best actual swimming holes around DC:

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5. Lake Anna
6800 Lawyers Road, Spotsylvania, VA
Known once as "Gold Hill", cash in on Lake Anna's sandy beach & swimming areas, or grab a pole and clean up on the largemouth bass stocked in the lake. And, if things get really out of hand, there're also a few cabins you can crash in overnight. Just maybe don't watch The Cabin in the Woods the night before.
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4. Greenbrier State Park
21843 National Pike, Boonsboro, MD
Pop off the Appalachian Trail and into Greenbrier State Park to this 42-acre, man-made lake for swimming, canoeing, and skinny-dipping fishing. If you're looking to get out on the water, there're also boat rentals available.
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3. Cascade Lake Water Park
2844 Snydersburg Road, Hampstead, MD; 410.374.9111
Up in Hampstead, find six acres of lake at Cascade Lake Water Park. Bonus: this three-star spot features a splash zone MUCH bigger than that of Ray Allen, as it has a 150ft water slide and multiple floating platforms.
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2. Cunningham Falls
14039 Catoctin Hollow Rd, Thurmont, MD
The short trail hike to Cunningham Falls is well worth the unreal 78ft waterfall that you can actually frolic underneath. The lake here also has three different roped-off sections for non-waterfall frolicking action.
Image via Beaver Dam Swimming Club
1. Beaver Dam Swimming Club
10820 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, MD; 410.785.2323
Beaver Dam Swimming Club in Cockeysville covers about four acres of freshwater quarry and is known for having a so, so serious rope swing. If you're terrified of what lies beneath, you can also hit up their two swimming pools.

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