Dive into Adventure: The Quarry at Carrigan Farms, North Carolina

Opening back up on May 20th, 2023, experience the breathtaking allure of the Quarry at Carrigan Farms, an enchanting swimming haven tucked away in the vibrant heart of Mooresville, North Carolina. A mere half an hour's drive north from Charlotte, Carrigan Farms provides an exciting escapade, featuring a naturally-fed quarry ideal for taking a plunge, open swimming, or simply basking in the beautiful surroundings.

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About the Quarry at Carrigan Farms

More than just a quarry, this family-managed treasure is steeped in history, originally a working farm. From thrilling cliff dives to tranquil fishing trips, from fresh farm-to-table dining to energetic beach volleyball games, the Quarry at Carrigan Farms should be on your summer bucket list. With vigilant lifeguards and stringent safety protocols, it's the ideal location to make unforgettable memories. Keep reading for all the details!

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Admission, Hours, & Location

Make sure to reserve your spot in advance due to limited capacity. Once you have made a reservation, a $5 per person deposit is required on the Carrigan Farms website. This deposit doubles as a dining voucher at the Quarry Kitchen when you arrive.

  • Admission: The price varies from $20 to $30 based on the day. Please note that only cash or check is accepted. (Make Reservations)
  • Hours: In May, the open swim is available every weekend from 10 am-3 pm. Starting in June, the quarry will expand its hours, opening daily from 10 am-3 pm, plus select evenings from 3:45 pm until sunset.
  • Location: For your convenience, please enter at the west entrance located at 1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy in Mooresville. Approximately a 35-minute drive from Charlotte and is located next to the beautiful Lake Norman.

Swimming at the Quarry

Safety is a top priority at Carrigan Farms Quarry, with lifeguards, lifevests, and noodles provided. Wearing a life vest is mandatory unless you pass the swim test (info below).

Swim Test Details

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Carrigan Farms in Mooresville, North Carolina, prioritizes safety for all quarry visitors. If you're 12 or older and eager to dive into the quarry's clear waters without a life jacket, you'll need to pass the Carrigan Farms swim test. This test evaluates your swimming endurance, stroke quality, and comfort in the water. If you pass, you'll receive a wristband that allows you to swim without a life jacket.

However, safety remains paramount. Lifeguards can revoke swimming privileges if they deem it necessary. For children under 12, or those who prefer it, life jackets are mandatory and provided in all sizes. After all, the ultimate goal at Carrigan Farms Quarry is to ensure a safe, fun-filled experience for all.

(https://www.carriganfarms.com/swim-test/) (Swim Test Video)

Rope Swing

One of the standout attractions is the thrilling rope swing, a must-try for adventure seekers. To ensure safety, visitors looking to experience the rope swing must meet certain requirements - they need to be at least 54 inches tall and able to perform a pull-up. However, if heights aren't your preference, guests can leisurely wade into the cool waters and enjoy swimming at their own pace.

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Know Before You Go to Carrigan Farms

What to bring:

  • Swimsuit: You'll need this for all the water-based fun you're about to have!
  • Towel: Dry off after a swim, or lay it down for a nice spot to lounge.
  • Swim Float: If you plan to bring an inflatable, remember there's no air pump on-site.
  • Cash: Carrigan Farms Quarry does not accept credit cards, so be sure to bring enough cash.
  • Waterproof Phone Case: Keep your device safe and dry. This is optional but recommended.
  • Water Shoes: These can help you navigate the quarry comfortably. Again, this is optional.
  • Folding Chair: If you prefer to relax in a chair between swims, feel free to bring your own.
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What not to bring:

  • No Food or Drink: Outside food and beverages are not permitted.
  • No Coolers: These are not allowed on the premises.
  • No Drones: For the privacy and safety of all guests, drones are not permitted.
  • No Large Floats: Smaller personal floats are acceptable.
  • No Pets: To ensure everyone's comfort, pets are not allowed.
  • No Smoking: Carrigan Farms Quarry is a smoke-free environment.

What Is Available Onsite?

  • Life Vests and Noodles: These are provided free of charge for your safety and enjoyment.
  • Restaurants serving burgers, pizza, ice cream, and more! (Menu)
  • Beer & Wine Bar
  • Restrooms
  • Lifeguards

Remember, the goal is to enjoy the clear, cool waters of the quarry and the natural beauty that surrounds it, so pack light and enjoy your day!

Photo courtesy of Carrigan Farms

Catch and Release Fishing

Carrigan Farms Quarry offers more than just swimming. With your open swim ticket, you can also enjoy catch-and-release fishing in their two farm ponds, stocked with bass, bream, and crappie. Just remember to bring your own fishing gear. Fishing is only allowed during open swim hours and strictly in the ponds, not in The Quarry.

Frequently Asked Questions

How deep is the Carrigan Farms quarry?

The Carrigan Farms Quarry is about 25 feet deep.

How much is the Carrigan Farms quarry?

Admission ranges anywhere from $20 - $35 per person depending on the day.

Are there fish in Carrigan Farms quarry?

There is no fishing permitted in the Quarry itself, but Carrigan Farms does have two farm ponds stocked with bass, bream, and crappie for catch-and-release fishing during open swim times.

What is the history of the quarry at Carrigan Farms?

The quarry is a natural, spring-fed body of water that was discovered when they were digging for rock to build Interstate 77.

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