On a scorching summer day, all you can think about is finding a way to cool off. Whether you’re sitting in front of a fan for hours on end or taking a bath in a tub full of ice, we’ll do just about anything to keep from overheating.
But what do you do if you’re hiking along a trail and the weather gets a lot hotter than you anticipated? Find a swimming hole, of course! And if you live in upstate New York, there are tons of fun spots for you and your family to enjoy.
So pack your favorite bathing suit and head over to these popular swimming holes for a truly adventurous outdoor experience!
With the tallest two-tier waterfall in New York state, Kaaterskill Creek is perfect if you want that exotic oasis feel without traveling to an island. And the steep trail to this destination gives you a dose of blood-pumping exercise before you dive into the waters.
Tip: The walk to this creek contains some of the most dazzling views in New York, so be sure to pack your camera before you leave home!
Millstream Swimming Hole
Get your inner hippie on at Millstream Swimming Hole near Woodstock. The clear, turquoise water begs you to take a quick dip after a walk along through the trails. Plus, this pool is surrounded by flat rocks that are ideal for sunbathing.
Tip: Because the waters here are only about 4 feet deep, this is an ideal location for kids. However, the shallowness of this pool makes diving extremely dangerous, so take caution while your little ones are having fun.
For a gorgeous example of upstate New York’s unique landscape, check out Otter Falls. The 30-foot waterfall pours into a large lagoon that tops off at about 6 to 8 feet, depending on the amount of recent rainfall. That means this site is perfect for those impressive diving moves you’ve been practicing all summer.
Tip: Because this hole is tucked into Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain trails, a fun option is to hike the half mile to Otter Falls to work up a sweat before plunging into its pristine waters.
Peekamoose Blue Hole
Like its name suggests, the aqua-colored waters of Peekamoose Blue Hole are deep enough for thrilling leaps from the surrounding cliffs. Locals have also installed a rope swing so you can leisurely jump into this swimming spot.
Also, this location is encircled by the woods of the Catskills and offers a beautiful view while you’re paddling through the water.
Tip: The Catskill forests provide the perfect hiking spot for after your swim at this popular location. That way you can dry off from your swim by walking along the trails.
Split Rock Hole
Split Rock Hole serves as a sanctuary to trail traversers and families alike. Its 12-foot waterfall and large boulders offer a stunning backdrop for bird watching and swimming. And with both 4-foot and 5-foot pools, even your smallest children can splash around in the waters there.
Tip: Because this spot is slightly smaller than the others, it does fill up with locals quickly, so get here early for the best parking options. You could even take a day off from work to enjoy this place without being disturbed.
Stony Kill Falls
As a lesser-known natural pool in New York, Stony Kill Falls also has a cascade off the side of the steep cliffs. Because this location isn’t as widely known as others, this is an ideal place for a relaxing trip.
Tip: The falls at Stony Kill can dry up during the summer, so make sure to head here after a couple of rainy days. That way you can see the waterfall in all its glory.
As part of the Catskill Park Preserve, Vernooy Falls is referred to by residents as Trails End. The steep hills around this swimming hole will make a dip in the waters even more refreshing after you’ve gotten a good workout. The pool tops off at about 6 feet, so be cautious when jumping in.
Tip: Be aware of rattlesnakes in the area. Oftentimes, you’ll be able to see any snakes laying in the sun, but they can be difficult to spot if you’re walking through vegetation. So be sure to stay on the trails and out in the open to avoid accidentally stepping on one.
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