If the local swimming pool isn’t exciting enough for you, then you’re probably the type of person who prefers a swimming hole, surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. Last summer, we highlighted some of our favorite swimming holes in Ohio. (You can find that article
here.) The following are nine more you should check out this summer.
1. Mineral Springs Lake
Tucked away in Adams County, you’ll find the hidden gem of Mineral Springs Lake, a picturesque lake fed by natural spring water that’s loaded with nature’s healthy minerals. The lake covers more than 100 acres with five and a half miles of peaceful shoreline.
2. Clifton Gorge
(Editor's Update: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has informed us that Clifton Gorge is NOT safe for swimming)
Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve within the beautiful John Bryan State Park near Yellow Springs may not be safe for swimming but there are many other fun outdoor activities to do there.
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3. Lake Logan
Lake Logan State Park features one of the Hocking Hills area's favorite swimming spots. For a relaxing day in the sun, check out this peaceful lake.
4. Ludlow Creek
A gorgeous, wide waterfall flows from Ludlow Creek in Miami County. It's the perfect place to take a dip, and it's been a local favorite swimming hole for several decades.
5. Dow Lake
Strouds Run State Park in Athens County features multiple hiking trails, cabin getaways and peaceful swimming and boating on Dow Lake.
6. Long's Retreat
This southern Ohio family resort in Latham has transformed its swimming hole into a mini water park, complete with a splash pad, diving board and three water slides. Camp here and make a weekend out of it.
7. Tappan Lake
Near a restored Indian village at Shoenbrunn State Park and the outdoor historical drama, "Trumpet in the Land," Tappan Lake serves as a popular swimming, boating and camping destination.
8. Dundee Falls
Within the Beach City Wildlife Area near the town of Dundee in Tuscarawas County you'll find this lovely waterfall that forms a small pool. It's a serene place to cool off on a hot summer day.
9. Bay Beach Park
This 2-acre water park lake in Navarre features tons of family fun. Make a mini summer vacation out of it and camp here as well.
Have you been to any of these? Where is your favorite swimming hole in Ohio? Share your experiences with us!