The 10

Most Magical Swimming Holes in the United States

Homestead Crater is a geothermal hot spring in Utah with warm, mineral-rich waters. It is a popular destination for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

Homestead Crater — Midway, Utah

Havasu Falls — Lake Havasu, Arizona

Havasu Falls is a beautiful swimming hole in Arizona that requires a reservation and a challenging hike to reach. It is definitely worth the effort.

Diana’s Baths — Bartlett, New Hampshire

Diana’s Baths in New Hampshire is a beautiful natural area with cascading falls, ledges, rocks, and pools. It is a great place to connect with nature and explore.

Midnight Hole — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina

Take a 1.5-mile hike to Midnight Hole, a hidden gem in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Enjoy the emerald pool and refreshing water, then continue to Mouse Creek Falls for stunning views. 

Jacob’s Well — Wimberley, Texas

Jacob's Well is a natural wonder in Texas with a mysterious abyss that plunges 30 feet underground. It's a popular swimming spot, but diving is banned due to the dangers.

Little River Canyon National Preserve offers outdoor activities for all ages, including swimming at the 45-foot tall Little River Falls. Be cautious of the swift water. 

Little River Canyon — Fort Payne, Alabama

Madison Blue Spring — Lee, Florida

Madison Blue Spring State Park in Florida is a great place for swimming, diving, tubing, and paddling. It's also home to a variety of wildlife and beautiful scenery. 

Sliding Rock — Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

Sliding Rock is a popular swimming hole in North Carolina with a natural water slide. It's a great place to cool off on a hot day, but be sure to wear old shorts and sneakers to avoid slipping. 

Bridal Veil Falls — Tallulah Falls, Georgia

Bridal Veil Falls in Georgia is a popular swimming hole with a natural waterslide. It's a great place for an adrenaline rush, but be sure to get a permit early. 

Carlon Falls — Groveland, California

Carlon Falls is a year-round waterfall in Yosemite National Park with a swimming hole. The hike is 4.5 miles round trip and the rocks can be slippery, so be careful.