Virginia May 29, 2016
If You Didn’t Know About These 11 Swimming Holes In Virginia, They’re A Must Visit
It’s that time of year again. The temperatures are rising and anyone who lives in Virginia knows there’s no better remedy for the heat than refreshingly brisk swimming holes. Whether you’ve hiked to them or simply taken the back road, there’s something so rewarding in discovering these hidden gems. Virginia has plenty of spots to choose from, most of which were covered in an
article we featured last summer. We’ll repeat a few from that list, while adding even more for you to choose from. With these incredible swimming holes at your disposal, you can welcome the summer heat with open arms.
1. Blowing Springs (Warm Springs)
Just a short distance from Blowing Springs Campground, visitors will find many swimming or wading places to splash around in. This might also be a great opportunity for tubing, since a trail follows alongside the creek.
2. Cave Springs (Dryden)
Cave Springs is one of the largest campgrounds in Jefferson National Forest, offering exquisite campsites and hiking trails. Just a little exploring will prove that there will be more than a few places for taking a quick dip.
3. Panther Falls (Buena Vista)
The Panther Falls swimming hole is located just outside of Natural Bridge in Buena Vista. This swimming hole features a beautiful waterfall and is one of the more popular ones in the area.
4. Blue Hole at Jenning's Creek (Botetourt)
Jenning's Creek's Panther Ford swimming hole is beloved among Botetourt County residents. You might spot an Appalachian Trail hiker or two cooling off from a long day's hike here. For those just wanting a quick visit, there's a small lot near Route 614.
5. Little Stoney Creek Falls (Scott County)
The Little Stoney recreation trail is located between Coeburn and Dungannon. The trail was once constructed for logging and now is enjoyed by many outdoor enthusiasts. The trail features two beautiful waterfalls: one 8 feet long and the other 24 feet long. At the bottom of each is a luxurious swimming hole.
6. Walton Tract on the Cowpasture River (Bath County)
The Walton Tract is an area located on the Cowpasture River that provides a stunning view of wildlife and landscape. There are plenty of opportunities for fishing and swimming in these brisk and beautiful waters.
7. Roaring Run Falls (Eagle Rock)
Roaring Run Falls is another spot in Botetourt County, just a few miles northwest of Eagle Rock. The Roaring Run Creek is well-known for its excellent trout fishing, but the recreation area also has some great swimming spots.
8. Wolf Creek (Burke's Garden)
Wolf Creek is a small tributary of the North River located in the lush landscape of Burke's Garden. This mountain spring water will be incredibly brisk and refreshing due to its high elevation.
9. Pony Pasture (Richmond)
Pony Pasture is an area of the James River that is one of the most popular spots for relaxing by the water. More specifically, it's a great spot for tubing and birdwatching, although swimming is always a popular activity. It's one of the best spots for picnics that you'll find. It's important to check water levels of the James before attempting to swim, as this can be a dangerous area when currents are particularly strong.
10. Overall Run (Rileyville)
The Overall Run loop passes one of the largest continuous falls in the state. There are many other smaller falls and streams that make for an excellent swimming hole spot. Photographed above is the sister waterfall, accessed via 697.
11. Cascades Waterfall (Pembroke)
This southwestern Virginia spot is one of the most pristine waterfall trails in the state. Seeing the Cascades is often the motivation for those who embark on this trail, especially considering it's one of the best swimming spots in the area.
The true beauty of swimming holes is that most of them are unnamed, just waiting to be stumbled upon by hikers and other folks enjoying a beautiful summer day. You just never know where your new favorite spot might appear. If you’d like to share with us, we would love to hear about some of your favorite swimmin’ spots in Virginia!