Natural swim holes beat crowded, chlorinated pools any day. Check out these hidden gems.
FRENCHMAN'S HOLE, RILEY TOWNSHIP, MAINE
Mountain water cascades down into this basin along a stretch of the Sunday River. (On the logging road, 1 mile north of the twin bridges)
FOUR CORNERS, TROY, VERMONT
Jump into deep emerald waters from a high rock ledge at this idyllic spot on Bugbee Brook, a tributary of the Missisquoi River. (Just west of the intersection of Route 101 and Route 105)
BLUE HOLE, WIMBERLEY, TEXAS
Old-growth cypress trees shade this dreamy spot southwest of Austin, in Hill Country. (On Blue Hole Lane, east of downtown Wimberley Square)
SHIRLEY LAKE, OLYMPIC VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
This alpine pond west of Lake Tahoe is bordered by granite boulders, pine trees, and snow -- even during summer. (Hike uphill 2.5 miles along Squaw from the Shirley Canyon trailhead)
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