Before splash parks and over-the-top swimming pools, the only option on a hot summer day was to hunt down a lake, creek, or other water sources to be able to jump in and cool off. It’s not as common now for people to head out into the woods or a park in hopes of finding such a hidden gem, but that doesn’t mean they don’t still exist. Not far from Cincinnati is the beautiful Caesar Creek State Park. Here, you’ll find not only a large beach and lake to explore, but also hidden swimming holes along its many trails. These natural swimming holes near Cincinnati will surely cool you off and, at the same time, take you right back to the good old days.

The waters of Caesar Creek State Park are perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day, and they’re not far from Cincinnati. Do you enjoy seeking out swimming holes and jumping in? Have you splashed around at the lake or creeks of Caesar Creek? What are your favorite swimming holes near Cincinnati? Let us know in the comments below – we love hearing from you!

Caesar Creek State Park is located at 8570 East State Route 73, Waynesville, OH 45068. For more information, visit its official website and follow along on its Facebook page.

For more day trips around Cincinnati, you should check out this summer, head on over to our previous article that lists some of our favorite summer adventures near the Queen City.

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If you're up for a trip south of the border (the Ohio/Kentucky border, that is), we have just the destination for you. It's so great, in fact, that we consider it a bucket-list must for all intrepid explorers and nature lovers!

Since you enjoyed the above day trip adventure that was a fun reminder of what summers were like during the good old days, then we think you'll love the following adventure at Red River Gorge. Head to the Sheltowee Connector / Suspension Bridge Trail for some Red River Gorge swimming. It’s along this trail that you’ll find an incredible natural swimming hole in Kentucky, among other surprises, that are fun-filled and filled with nostalgia. You will know you've reached the spot when you see a calm area of water, a small beach, and a rock that seems to have been placed there just for jumping into the water. This area is so epic, that you will probably find yourself in good company; you'll see adventurers jumping from the rock into the cool water below, and it’s quite exhilarating if you decide to try it for yourself! (If you prefer a less crowded experience, you'll want to save this swimming hole near Cincinnati for mid-week, early in the day.) This is one trail within Red River Gorge where you can enjoy a natural swimming hole as well as other exciting features, and we think it belongs on everyone's summer bucket list!