30 March 2022
Today we’re going to take a look at the top ten best natural swimming holes across the United States of America!
1. Santa Rosa Blue Hole is just off Route 66 in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. Not only is it a lovely pool for swimming, but you can even scuba dive in some of the many underwater caves! Just make sure that you already have a license!
2. Paradise Forks, located in Williams Arizona, is not just a scenic swimming hole, but also the perfect place to practice your rock climbing! In fact, to even reach the water, you’ll need to rappel down into Sycamore Canyon.
3. Queen’s Bath in Kauai, Hawaii was once reserved for royals and it’s easy to see why. This tidal pool was formed by lava and is about three steps beyond being picturesque. From the clear waters to the rich black lava rock pool, it’s an experience you won’t find anywhere else.
4. The Homestead Crater, in Midway, Utah, is the only warm water swimming hole within the US that’s deep enough for diving. The crate is surrounded by limestone walls, well known for being filled with mineral rich water, and is a must see location for anyone interested in scuba diving.
5. Barton Springs Pool in Austin, Texas is perfect for anyone looking to take a natural dip without straying too far from the city. This three acre pool is inside the Zilker Metropolitan Park. It’s great if you’re just getting started visiting natural swimming pools as it requires pretty much zero hiking to reach.
6. Madison Blue Spring, located in the Madison Blue Spring State Park, in Florida, lets you swim over a limestone basin. It’s only a hundred feet wide but is home to some of the prettiest waters in the entire state. Stepping into this spring will make you feel as if you’re being sent back into the wilderness of the past.
7. Warren Falls, in Warren, Vermont, have recently become one of the most popular natural swimming spots in the state. Flooded with aquamarine waters and rife with cliff jumping opportunities, it would be a crime to pass up!
8. Juniper Springs, in the Ocala National Forest, in Florida, is a sprawling swimming area well known for its recreational picnics… and for being filled with hidden gems of the natural swimming variety. Take a step away from the picnic grounds and find your own hidden treasure!
9. Sliding Rock, in Brevard, North Carolina, is slightly different from the others on this list. It’s a sixty foot long, completely natural, water slide that will let you ride straight down into an idyllic and always cool pool.
10. Boiling River, in the Yellowstone National Park, is a fast current river just beside the Mammoth Hot Springs. These warm waters make for the perfect stop if you happen to have an adventurous heart and a love for natural swimming.