North America’s Best Natural Swimming Holes

Looking for a way to cool off this summer? Check out our list of some of the best swimming holes in North America – these refresh better than a manmade swimming pool ever could!

Thunder Brook Falls – Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland

The natural falls are a perfect place to get refreshed on a summer day. The falls inspired a waterpark called Thunderland which features a 320 foot long waterslide.

Sharon Creek – London, Ontario

This little slice of paradise located just outside London features a rope swing and is a local hot spot on hot summer days. Bring along a picnic and spend the day in the refreshing waters.

Quarry Lake – Canmore, Alberta

This swimming spot has stunning views from every angle of the surrounding peaks and is fed by a mountain spring. This is a popular swimming spot during the summer months when the water reaches a swimmable temperature.

Sooke Potholes – Sooke, British Columbia

The Sooke Potholes, located just 30 minutes outside Victoria, are a swimmer’s paradise. The surrounding regional park has countless hiking trails and a dip in the cool, refreshing water will be a perfect finish.

Liard River Hot Springs – Muncho Lake, British Columbia

The temperature of these two hot springs, named Alpha and Beta pool, ranges from 42 to 52°C. Camping is permitted year-round and there are two lodges located close to the springs.

God’s Bath – Sonora, California

The name suites this swimming spot well; God’s Bath is located about 20 miles west of Sonora. This spot is good for shallow dips, cliff jumping (the highest point is 20 feet), waterfalls and even snorkeling.

Havasu Falls – Supai, Arizona

These breathtaking falls are a vibrant blue color that sharply contrasts with the red canyon rocks. The falls are close to 100 feet tall and plunge into a wide pool of refreshing waters.

The Blue Hole – Santa Rosa, New Mexico

This mysterious and beautiful swimming spot has become a local favourite. It is also one of the most popular dive spots in the United States. The water is a constant 18°C and the hole reaches depths of over 80 feet.

Enfield Falls – Ithaca, New York

This majestic waterfall is located in Robert H. Treman State Park in upstate New York. Easily accessible by car, this is a perfect location for sunbathing, swimming, picnicking and hiking (there is an 8.5-mile loop).

Sliding Rock – Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

Located in Western North Carolina, the Sliding Rock is a natural waterslide about 60 feet long ending in a large, deep, cold pool of water; perfect for cooling off from the summer heat.

Hamilton Pool Preserve – Dripping Springs, Texas

This natural jade green pool, located about 40 kilometers west of Austin, features a 50-foot waterfall and is surrounded by large slabs of limestone.

White Rock Park – St. Paul, Indiana

This very popular swimming hole is decked out with a rope swing and zip line, floating docks, a 10-meter platform for jumping, two lower platforms. This spot is the perfect way to spend a scorching summer’s day.


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