As the temperature warms, so does the urge to be around water and a swimming hole in Kentucky can be like heaven on earth. If we are honest, we’ll admit our state gets downright muggy. Fortunately for us, our cool river and lake waters provide a refreshing escape from the sticky weather. We covered the more renowned
swimming spots last year, and now we’ve got 11 more great places to add to the list.
11. Blue Heron
The swimming hole is located under the footbridge in the picnic and camping area off Mine 18 Road leading towards South Fork. This is a part of the Daniel Boone National Forest near Stearns. The swimming hole is a pretty deep, clear pool that was created via Big South Fork.
10. Clifty Creek
This area use to be great for jumping, but many have since deemed it much safer just to swim. It is located off Clifty Creek Road at the end, after a short walk to the cliff area. It is part of Lake Cumberland Park.
9. Grassy Creek
This is off Route 80 in Breaks Interstate Park. At the parking and picnic area look for the Center Creek Trail, which is visible. Center Creek flows into Grassy Creek. There are several swimming holes along the way but the rocks can be slick, so be careful.
8. Happy Hollow
This long time favored swimming spot is in Skaggs River at the Happy Hollow Road Bridge near Temple Hill. This is a cool, refreshing spot the locals have loved for generations. There are no big diving spots, but they really aren’t needed to relax and have fun.
7. Lion's Club Park
This swimming hole is located at 10168 Tompkinsville Road in Glasgow. It is in the Lion’s Club Park and Fairgrounds area, where water enthusiasts will also find a dock and picnic area. It is a perfect spot to gather with friends of family for lounging in the sun and swimming.
6. Quarry by Pisgah Pike
This is an old quarry located about a mile or so on the west side of Pisgah Bay past the Hillman’s Ferry Campground. This is a great spot to relax and swim but make sure and use safety precautions. The water is pretty deep and there are no lifeguards. One should never travel here alone.
5. Dog Slaughter Falls
This is part of the Cumberland Falls Resort Park. You will find this waterfall and swimming hole off Forest Road, I95, which is unpaved. You have to cross a small footbridge and continue on foot about 1.5 miles to the Falls on a trail. It is a great place to relax, as the hike and area around the falls is a little steep. People with weak ankles should be mindful.
4. Louisville Quarry
This quarry turned swimming hole is located at 4220 South Park Drive in Louisville. It is a favored spot for those looking to cool off on a hot day and even has floating platforms scattered about for convenience. The water is clear and clean, but it goes down pretty deep. The area is for 21 and older only, no exceptions due to the lack of a life guard.
3. Ratliff Hole
This is a favored spot in the Russell Fork River located in the picnic area at the State Park. It has a bathroom and picnic tables. Sometimes you can rent inner tubes here for floating in the area, or you can just bring your own.
2. The Parklands at Floyds Fork
Four parks actually come together as one along Floyds Fork and Mother Nature’s artistic handy work is obvious. The area at 4002 South Pope Lick Road in Louisville is gorgeous, and the water is extremely refreshing. This is a perfect spot to swim with friends and family surrounded by nature.
1. Falling Rock Park Quarry
This gorgeous natural pool at 2201 Fendley Mill Road in LaGrange is a favored swimming spot for people in LaGrange, Louisville and the surrounding areas. The quarry does have a fee, but the water is clean and you can rent tubes or floats. It is a great spot to lounge around on a hot summers day. There will be people playing guitar and cooking out along the shore, so bring some goodies to eat.
Not every swimming hole in Kentucky has an address, so the maps are the best I could do on most of these. However, each one is a favored spot loved by the locals, and they will likely know a safe route to get there. These are just a few refreshing swimming spots to check out if you are in these areas. What other swimming holes would you add to the list?