While summers in Virginia are incredible, there are times when it’s necessary to get a little creative with ways to cool down. Thankfully, there are plenty of swimming holes that accomplish just that. And what’s better than a beautiful, natural swimming hole? A swimming hole at the base of a waterfall, of course. It’s the perfect summer escape, and finding one is as easy as locating the nearest one near you. You’ll love splashing around in these five stunning spots that bring you the best of Virginia’s outdoors. Here are some of the best waterfalls in Virginia that you can swim in.

(Please note: as with all swimming areas, it’s best to exercise extreme caution and use your best judgment on safety conditions when seeking out waterfalls in Virginia that you can swim in.)

Access to such a variety of swimming spots in Virginia makes us grateful to live here, especially during the warmer months. Where are some of your favorite places to cool off during the summer? Do you have any favorite waterfalls in Virginia that you can swim in? If so, be sure to tell us. We’d love to hear from you!

Looking for related content? Check out our list of 12 epic swimming holes in Virginia that you’ll want to visit at least once.

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Waterfalls In Virginia That You Can Swim In

What are some of the best places to go hiking in Virginia?

Some of the best places to go hiking in Virginia include the following:

  • The most famous of all is the famed Appalachian Trail, which runs from Maine to Georgia. Yet nearly one-quarter of the entire trail is located in Virginia. You can enjoy the Appalachian Trail by taking a shorter day hike, such as Old Rag Mountain Trail. Yet you should note that this 8-mile trek is not for the faint of heart.


For some easier hiking trails in Virginia that belong on your outdoor bucket list, we'd recommend any of the following:

  • Blackrock Summit Trail in Crozet
  • Cape Henry Trail in Virginia Beach
  • York River Backbone Trail in Williamsburg
  • Red Rock Wilderness Regional Park in Leesburg
  • The Stoneman Trail in Luray, Belle Isle Trail in Richmond
  • High Bridge Trail in Farmville
  • Chestnut Ridge Trail in Roanoke
  • Roaring Run Hoop Hole Trail in Eagle Rock
  • Loft Mountain Loop via the Appalachian Trail
  • The Chesapeake Arboretum.


Learn more about these beautiful hiking trails in Virginia.

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