Take Your Family to These 10 Water Destinations in Wilson, NC This Summer

Wilson NC water activities

When the summer arrives, it is only natural for families to start thinking of fun things to do. Though Wilson, NC, boasts a humid subtropical climate throughout the year, the area is known for comfortable high temperatures ranging from the mid-80s to the low 90s. And though these temps aren’t super hot, they are perfect for getting outside and cooling off with water activities. Wilson is fortunate to have many places that residents and visitors can enjoy, all within a short drive.

Enjoy these Wilson, NC, water activities this summer. 

Research has shown that spending time in or around the water can have a calming effect on our mood, benefiting our mental and emotional health. Combine that with some activities and the benefits are nearly endless. Next time you are on the water, you could enjoy:

  • Opportunities for low-impact exercise, which are great for your joints as well as your cardiovascular system.
  • Lowered stress levels—cold water can calm and regulate the nervous system.
  • Improved mental health due to a sense of accomplishment and boost to your self-confidence.
  • Increased strength and flexibility because the water provides gentle resistance, which can aid in lean muscle development.
  • Natural pain relief.

And as we mentioned earlier, even though Wilson is land-locked without immediate access to water, there are plenty of places just a short distance away.

1. Lake Wilson

Lake Wilson is conveniently located just 10 miles northeast of the city. The lake is 3900 acres and is a popular place for fishing for bream, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and bluegill. But aside from fishing, this reservoir is an excellent place for hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding, disc golf, and nature viewing.

2. Buckhorn Reservoir 

Just 20 miles southeast of Wilson, the Buckhorn Reservoir offers 2000 acres perfect for fishing, boating, and camping. You can get your fish on with plenty of access to bass, trout, crappie, bream, catfish, and muskie. But besides fishing, Buckhorn is a great area to enjoy biking trails, horse trails, grills for a family picnic, and plenty of nature viewing.

3. Tar River

The Tar River was a significant transportation route to move products like tar and turpentine to the coast. Believed to be named in recognition of the longleaf pine forests that were a critical source these important materials used to build wooden ships, the river is now an excellent place for fishing, kayaking, and tubing.

4. Falls Lake 

Located about 50 miles northwest of Wilson, Falls Lake has 50,000 acres, perfect for boating and hiking. Anglers will appreciate the opportunity to get their catch of largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, bluegill, white bass, perch, and more. And families and kids will appreciate the camping amenities and beach, ideally suited for a day of swimming.

5. Kerr Lake

Also 50 miles from the city but to the northeast, Kerr Lake offers 50,000 acres for fishing, camping, swimming, boating, or just relaxing and enjoying the scenic beauty. Many families like to make a weekend of it, enjoying access to the camper and tent sites. For the more adventurous, consider a kayak or paddleboard rental. 

6. Contentnea Creek

This creek is popular amongst anglers looking to get their catch of catfish. Contentnea Creek is also famous for kayak journeys as it winds its way through Wilson County. Enjoy plenty of walking trails throughout the area, well suited for those wanting a gentle walk or a more serious hike.

7. Roanoke Rapids Lake

About 40 miles east of Wilson, Roanoke Rapids Lake offers 4600 acres for those who want to catch largemouth bass, black crappie sunfish, and more. But kids and parents will enjoy the 17-acre lakefront area for public swimming (not life guarded). Make a day of it as Roanoke Rapids Lake also offers walking trails, a playground for the kids, sand volleyball, a nine-hole disc golf course, horseshoe pits, restrooms, and even concession facilities to help refuel after a long day at play.

8. Lake Gaston

Make it a Disney theme day for the kids and head off to Lake Gaston, about 60 miles northeast of Wilson. While there, enjoy boating, fishing, camping, or beach swimming. The kids don’t have to know that the lake isn’t named after one of their favorite characters in “Beauty and the Beast.” But why not let them think it’s his lake?

9. Neuse River

The Neuse River Recreation Area offers a range of recreation, from picnicking to hiking, biking, fishing, and camping. The public beach provides an excellent place for those who want to catch some rays and get their daily dose of vitamin D or swim and play in the water.

10. Kingston Lions Water Adventure 

Though many lakes and rivers are perfect for a day outdoors near Wilson, NC, sometimes a water park may feel more up your alley. If so, head on over to Kingston Lions Water Adventure. There is something for everyone to enjoy with a lazy river, lap pool, kiddie lagoon, and more.

Dixon, Boles & Associates looks forward to hearing about your summer adventures.

The team at Dixon, Boles, and Associates hopes you have a fantastic time this summer in Wilson, NC. Whether you visit one of the many beaches, watering holes, water parks, or swimming pools in the area, we can’t wait to hear about your adventures. Our list can’t possibly share all that there is to offer regarding Wilson, NC, water activities, so let us know where your journeys take you!

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