Here Are 5 Swimming Holes Near Pittsburgh That Will Make Your Summer Epic

Summer’s here! And, what better way to cool off in the dog days of summer than to find a secluded swimming hole to jump, to play, and to swim in? Swimming holes are usually kept pretty secret. After all, no one wants that secluded swimming spot to become the summer’s hottest hangout. Here are the five best swimming holes near Pittsburgh (with videos to give you an idea of what to expect).

1. Jackson Falls, Apollo



Jackson Falls in Apollo beckons both swimmers and nature lovers with its three stunning waterfalls. The waterfalls flow into what some use as a swimming hole. Click here for directions to Jackson Falls. (Note: It mentions Jackson Falls in Massachusetts but the map does show Pennsylvania.)

2. Meadow Run Natural Rock Water Slides, Ohiopyle State Park



You’ve never really experienced a water slide until you’ve conquered the Meadow Run Natural Rock Water Slides in Ohiopyle State Park. Sit down in the creek and let the rushing water take you away. A word of warning, however: The natural water slides can be risky, especially as you will bump against the rocks. Some of those swimmers who have faced the water slides have complained of getting injured in the process. Click here for directions to Natural Rock Water Slides.

3. Jacob’s Creek/Blue Hole, Perryopolis

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Blue Hole in Jacob’s Creek promises spectacular scenery and an equally spectacular natural diving board. Blue Hole features a breathtaking waterfall that many use as a diving board. Click here for directions.

4. Blue Hole, Dunbar


Southwestern Pennsylvania has two swimming holes called Blue Hole – the swimming hole at Jacob’s Creek in Perryopolis and the other in Dunbar. Blue Hole in Dunbar promises the perfect spot for swimming on a hot summer day. Adventurers can climb the rocks and jump into the water. Use caution. Click here for driving directions to Blue Hole in Dunbar, which is near Connellsville.

5. Robinson Hole, Montour

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Enjoy the Robinson Hole in Montour. Unlike many swimming holes, Robinson Hole isn’t entirely secluded. Some swimmers have used the rope swing to jump into the hole in Montour. However it’s important to use the swing with caution. Click here for directions.

These are five of the best swimming holes near Pittsburgh. (Remember, no matter which swimming hole you visit, use caution when in the water.) Do you know any secret swimming holes that Pittsburghers should definitely check out?