Swimming in Lake Laurel River

With plans to meet friends in two weeks on the North Carolina coast I had to start doing a little planning since there were a few places I wanted to see between there and where I was now. One of the places I had decided I wanted to go was Cumberland Gap National Historical Park on the Kentucky-Tennessee-Virginia border and so I headed east. But the last evening before I did I managed to get in another swim in one the beautiful lakes in the national forest. Lake Laurel River had lovely warm, blue-green water and some nice scenery. I had been planning to swim in a random place when I came upon on actual beach located near the dam so I instead took a dip there. Though not as stunning as Cave Run Lake, Laurel River is still pretty gorgeous and warrants a couple photos:

Spillway Beach, Lake Laurel River, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Spillway Beach, Lake Laurel River, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Spillway Bridge, Lake Laurel River, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Spillway Bridge, Lake Laurel River, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Underwater selfie, Lake Laurel River, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Underwater selfie, Lake Laurel River, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Shore of Lake Laurel River near Spillway Beach, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Shore of Lake Laurel River near Spillway Beach, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Swimming at Spillway Beach, Lake Laurel River, Daniel Boone National Forest

Swimming at Spillway Beach, Lake Laurel River, Daniel Boone National Forest