USA March 13, 2016
15 Epic Swimming Holes Around The U.S. Everyone Must Visit
The lure of a great swimming hole — refreshingly crisp and Caribbean clear — is hard to pass up. Toss in a stunning waterfall backdrop, an underwater cave, or a cliff for jumping, and I’ll hop in the car and drive to just about anywhere to cool off in style. Don’t believe me? Check out these 15 breathtaking swimming locales and see for yourself.
1) Blue Hole - Carter County, Tennessee
An easy hike away, this swimming gem is flanked by a series of four — count 'em, four — separate waterfalls, each one as beautiful as the last. Want more Tennessee swimming holes?
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2) Jacob’s Well - Wimberley, Texas
More than just a swimming destination, Jacob's Well is home to an intricate underwater cave system that descends over 200 feet and has drawn local and national divers alike. Above the surface, look for a series of towering rocks, perfect for jumping off of or just catching some rays. Need some more suggestions?
View our entire Texas swimming hole list here.
3) Queen’s Bath - Kauai, Hawaii
4) Salt Springs State Park - Montrose, Pennsylvania
This Pennsylvania State Park is loaded with trails, campsites, and places to swim, like the Fall Brook Natural Area. I could definitely spend a day or, heck, a whole week around these parts. Want even more suggestions?
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5) McCarthy Swimming Hole - Chitina, Alaska
6) Johnson’s Shut-Ins - Middle Brook, Missouri
The result of volcanic activity over a billion years ago, the igneous rocks surrounding Johnson's Shut-Ins offer up a lesson in natural history as well as a great place to take a dip. Look for hikes, camping, and more at what many consider to be Mother Nature's playground.
Read up on more Missouri swimming holes here.
7) Sliding Rock - Brevard, North Carolina
8) Juniper Springs - Silver Springs, Florida
9) Crescent Moon Ranch - Sedona, Arizona
Ditch the Sedona crowds at Slide Rock and check out this area several miles south. It's a short distance east from the Red Rocks campground, so it's easy to find. Did we mention that the backdrop is breathtaking?
Learn more about Arizona swimming holes here.
10) Devil’s Punch Bowl - Crested Butte, Colorado
Thrill seekers, rejoice. The towering cliffs surrounding this refreshingly chilly water hole will add an extra dimension to your summertime fun. Looking for more places to cool off in Colorado?
Check out our full list here.
11) D’Lo Water Park - Mendenhall, Mississippi
12) Long Shoals Wayside Park - Sunset, South Carolina
Located inside Poe Creek State Forest, this swimming hotspot is popular among the tourists and locals alike. Be prepared for chilly waters even on scorching hot days. Want more South Carolina swimming destinations?
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13) The Deeps at Lester River - Duluth, Minnesota
14) Devil’s Bathtub - Ft. Blackmore, Virginia
Take the plunge if you dare at this Virginia attraction that's shaped just like a real bathtub. Be warned: the hike to this swimming spot isn't for the faint of heart. In fact, it's been deemed 'extremely challenging' by hiking experts.
Read up on more Virginia swimming holes here.
15) Travertine Creek - Sulphur, Oklahoma
So are you packing your bags yet? (I am!) What other incredible swimming holes around the U.S. would you add to this list?