Blue Stone Dive Resort Is Popular With Divers

Things are going swimmingly these days at Blue Stone Dive Resort.

The 19-acre manmade lake just outside of Thomasville is actually in a former slate quarry that was once owned by Martin Marietta Materials, now known as Lockheed Martin. In fact, Martin Marietta would often flood the quarry and allow the Piedmont Dive and Rescue Association to use it for training exercises.

In 1994, Robert Outlaw, who owns Blue Dolphin diving resorts in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, purchased the lake and surrounding acreage. He named Blue Stone Dive Resort for the particular type of blue slate found in the quarry.

Today, Blue Stone is open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and divers can experience a full day of underwater fun for $20. In addition, Saturday night dives are available for groups.The facility has a four-person bunkhouse that rents for $80 a night and offers showers bathrooms, picnic tables and lounge chairs. Drinks and snacks are also available.

The dive resort opens each spring on Easter weekend through October. Scuba classes and recreational divers from North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee visit Blue Stone regularly.

In addition to the numerous manmade underwater attractions on site, Blue Stone’s lake supports a healthy population of freshwater fish, including largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie, and Japanese koi, introduced for their colorful appearance, also thrive in the Blue Stone lake.

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