Nature October 01, 2016
If You Didn’t Know About These 11 Swimming Holes In Vermont, You’ve Been Missing Out
There’s nothing better than swimming in natural surroundings on a hot day, and luckily Vermont is full of them! These swimming holes in VT are sure to please, but burrrrrrrrr – they can be cold!
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1. Bingham Falls, Stowe
A steep one mile down will lead you to a stunning waterfall, with an area for swimming. People have slipped, so be careful - strong swimmers only!
2. Dog River, West Berlin
Be careful hiking down a steep embankment to get to this gem of a hole. Whether you like large, shallow pools or if you’re looking to check out the two-person Jacuzzi spot, you’ll love the water chute that varies from five to eight feet (depending on the season) which pours you into the swimming hole. For the more adventurous, there is a side rock cliff for jumping that is about 20 feet into deep water.
3. Bristol Falls, Bristol
There’s nothing like swimming around a natural waterfall, and the Bristol Falls drop into a long, deep channel with many different jumping spots along the way. Check this place out and you’ll see why it’s so popular with the locals.
4. Buttermilk Falls, Ludlow
Three falls in separate areas create a mecca of pools and areas to relax and swim the day away. The falls and swimming areas are now preserved thanks to the Vermont River Conservancy.
5. Cavendish Gore, Cavendish
This is a great swimming hole that’s a little off the beaten path. Check out where the Black River spills over a dam and goes through this rugged and secluded gorge. There is loads to explore here with plenty of privacy. Please use caution when entering the gorge.
6. Devil's Gorge, Clarendon
You'll have to work to reap the rewards of this sweet spot. After a hike and a swim upstream from Clarendon's Gorge (a relatively long trek) you'll be rewarded with this private spot.
7. Warren Falls, Waitsfield
One of the best swimming holes in Vermont, this is a definite favorite. Check out more about Warren Falls
8. Marble Street Quarry, Rutland
Enjoy the beautiful surroundings while relaxing in this abandoned quarry in Rutland.
9. East Middlebury Gorge, Middlebury
You'll find places to jump and swim below the Route 125 bridge in this narrow gorge.
10. Pike Falls, Jamaica
You'll love swimming in the large pool at the bottom of the awesome Pike Falls.
11. Kenneth Ward Memorial Access Area, Moretown
There is a lot to explore in this area which has the warmest water in the Mad River (don't get us wrong - it's still cold!). Easy parking and access makes this a fun destination or a place to stretch your legs.
For the more daring, check out
cliff jumping in Vermont. If you’d rather play it safe, here are some awe inspiring waterfalls hiding in plain sight.