Here Are 12 Virginia Swimming Holes That Are Ideal For Hot Summer Days

If you’ve had your fill of swimming pools and the beach and you’re craving something a bit more relaxing and refreshing, what you need is a good ol’ fashioned swimming hole. Pardon me, that’s “swimmin’ hole.” These are the places that you go to cool down after a hike, to dip your feet on a hot day or just to be where, maybe, no one else will be. Virginia has dozens, and we mean dozens, of these places. Here are 12 of our favorite swimming holes in Virginia.

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Given the number of swimming holes in Virginia, we know this is only a partial list. So, tell us about the places you love to visit. Maybe it’s a place you grew up going to or maybe it’s a hideaway you discovered on a hike. Give us the rundown in the comments below!

Address: 2068 Cascade Dr, Pembroke, VA 24136, USA
Address: Belle Isle, Richmond, VA, USA
Address: 187 Chad Berry Ln, Syria, VA 22743, USA
Address: Big Cedar Creek, Lebanon, VA 24260, USA
Address: Falls of Dismal, Central, VA 24134, USA
Address: Devils Fork Loop Trail, Duffield, VA 24244, USA
Address: Nottoway Falls Reservoir, Meherrin River, VA 23974, USA
Address: Goshen Pass, Walkers Creek, VA 24473, USA
Address: 7310 Riverside Dr, Richmond, VA 23225, USA
Address: New River Trail State Park, Virginia, USA
Address: Rawley Springs, VA 22831, USA
Address: 9211 Rumsey Rd, Covington, VA 24426, USA
Address: Whitetop Laurel Creek, Virginia, USA
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Swimming Holes in Virginia

June 07, 2020

Are there any good swimming holes in Virginia?

As you can tell by our list of swimming holes in Virginia, the Old Dominion has dozens upon dozens of refreshing places to cool off. Whether you prefer hiking to a forested swimming hole or taking a dip at the base of a waterfall, there’s bound to be a swimming spot for you to enjoy. Some of the most popular swimming holes in Virginia include Dismal Falls, Cascade Falls, and Belle Isle. When preparing to visit a swimming hole, be sure to pack plenty of water, dry clothes, appropriate footwear, and don’t forget to take with you everything you bring.

What are the best beaches in Virginia?

When considering the best beaches in Virginia, most people naturally think of Virginia Beach first. However, there are countless other incredible beaches in Virginia worth visiting. Some of the most popular beaches include Sandbridge Beach, Colonial Beach, Assateague Island National Seashore, Cape Charles Beach, and Buckroe Beach. Note that not all of Virginia’s beaches have public facilities, so be sure to plan accordingly.

What are the most beautiful lakes in Virginia?

Virginia has an impressive variety of lakes, from manmade reservoirs to natural mountain lakes just waiting to be discovered. One of the most beautiful — and underrated — lakes in Virginia is Hidden Valley Lake. Located just outside of Abingdon, Virginia, this breathtaking natural wonder can be accessed via a 4.5-mile trail. Rest assured that your hiking efforts will be rewarded with the beautiful scenery of this mountain lake. Visitors note that the hiking trail is well-marked but very narrow.

Address: 2068 Cascade Dr, Pembroke, VA 24136, USA
Address: Belle Isle, Richmond, VA, USA
Address: 187 Chad Berry Ln, Syria, VA 22743, USA
Address: Big Cedar Creek, Lebanon, VA 24260, USA
Address: Falls of Dismal, Central, VA 24134, USA
Address: Devils Fork Loop Trail, Duffield, VA 24244, USA
Address: Nottoway Falls Reservoir, Meherrin River, VA 23974, USA
Address: Goshen Pass, Walkers Creek, VA 24473, USA
Address: 7310 Riverside Dr, Richmond, VA 23225, USA
Address: New River Trail State Park, Virginia, USA
Address: Rawley Springs, VA 22831, USA
Address: 9211 Rumsey Rd, Covington, VA 24426, USA
Address: Whitetop Laurel Creek, Virginia, USA