If jumping from towering cliffs of granite into a crystal clear quarry sounds like your idea of adventure, you have to head to Carrigan Farms in Mooresville, NC. The 25 foot deep water in the natural quarry is refreshing and the perfect way to cool off in the summer heat.
You can choose to float the day away (guests are permitted to bring one small float or pool noodle) or you can be more adventurous and drop into the quarry from the rope swing. To use the swing, guests must be able to perform one pull up on the bar and be at least 54” tall.
A white sandy beach and large grass lawn provide the perfect places to dry off and catch some rays between swims. You can also grab a snack from the on-site restaurant and enjoy the views in the quarry.
Originally a working stone quarry in the 1960s, the granite was mined to build part of Interstate 77. A natural underground spring was tapped during mining, allowing the quarry to fill with more than ten million gallons of water. The sheer granite cliffs rise to nearly 70 feet in places and frame the crystal clear water. Water from the quarry is used to irrigate the fruits and vegetables grown on the surrounding 130 acre farm. In the late 1980s the Quarry was transformed into a wedding venue, and is today one of the region’s most popular and stunning wedding sites.
While most of the year is dedicated to hosting weddings and corporate events, the quarry is open for select dates in the summer for Open Swim so that guests can enjoy the clean and clear spring fed waters. In addition to the rope swing, swimmers can jump from cliffs ranging from 8-15 feet. There are also a few naturally carved seating areas around the cliffs where you can hang out above the water.
Lifejackets are required unless guests over the age of 12 pass a swim test graded by the lifeguards on duty. Children under the age of 11 are required to wear a life-vest at all times while in the water.
Advanced reservations are required for open swim and can be made online here. Fees range from $18 – $25 per person depending on the date.
Some details about open swim at the quarry:
- The Quarry and Carrigan Farms only accepts cash or checks, no credit/debit cards are accepted.
- No outside food or drink is permitted
- No pets allowed
- No large floats or kayaks/canoes allowed in the quarry
- All guests must fill out a waiver
The Quarry at Carrigan Farms is located at 1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville NC.
Find more adventures and plan your visit at visitmooresville.com.