If the local swimming pool isn’t exciting enough for you, then you’re probably the type of person who prefers Ohio swimming holes, surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. Last summer, we highlighted some of our favorite swimming holes in Ohio. The following are eight more of the best swimming holes in Ohio you should check out this summer. Grab your swimsuit and sunscreen and let’s go!

If you live in Northeast Ohio, here’s a quick YouTube video by WKYC Channel 3 showcasing 3 of the best swimming holes in the area. 

So, have you been to any of these? What are some of your favorite swimming holes in Ohio? Share your experiences with us!

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Swimming Holes in Ohio

What are some of the best swimming holes in OH?

If you've been searching for the best swimming holes in OH, look no further than Gatton Rock in Mohican State Park. The pristine Clear Fork River feeds into this popular wading spot, and it has been a favorite place to cool off among local families for years. While the Gatton Rock swimming area is undeniably beautiful, it does tend to get rather crowded. Visiting on a weekday is your best bet, or you could make a splash in one of several other swimming holes in our state. So, here are some more swimming holes in Ohio that we would recommend: 

  • Salt Fork Lake Beach, Salt Fork Lake
  • Cedar Point Beach, Cedar Point
  • Kelleys Island State Park Beach, Kelleys Island
  • Lakeview Park Beach, Lakeview
  • Headlands Beach State Park, Mentor
  • Maumee Bay State Park Beach, Oregon
  • Buck Creek State Park Beach, Springfield
  • Punderson State Park Lake, Newbury Township
  • Cascade Gorge Natural Pool, Youngstown
  • Hinckley Spillway, Hinckley
  • Portage Lakes State Park, Akron
  • Cowan Lake State Park, Wilmington


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What are the most beautiful beaches in Ohio?

Ohio may not have any ocean beaches, but our beloved Lake Erie boasts over 300 miles of shoreline, so you can enjoy a tropical vacation right here in the Buckeye State. One of the most beautiful beaches in Ohio is, hands-down, Headlands Beach. Located in Mentor, this Cleveland-area oasis is the largest natural beach in the state, measuring a full mile in length. The best part is that the beach is right near all the best things to see and do in The Land, so you can make a whole trip out of it.

What are the best waterparks in Ohio?

Coney Island Park in Cincinnati is easily one of the best waterparks in Ohio. This historic summer destination dates to 1886, and its famous Sunlite Pool is the largest recirculating pool in North America. It has over an acre of shallow water, so swimmers of all ages can splash the day away. There's also an inflatable obstacle course, a 9-foot diving board, lots of thrilling waterslides, and a splash pad with over 70 interactive play stations. Whether you're a kid or an adult, summer just isn't complete without a trip to Coney Island.

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