Nothing satisfies like an old-fashioned summer swimming hole. Here are some great spots in the U.S. to inspire you… Get out of the heat and enjoy the water!

Havasu Falls, AZ

This is not the easiest summer swimming hole to get to, but the effort is well worth the reward. Located a mile and a half from the Havasupai Indian Village on the bottom of the Grand Canyon, this is a stunning spot to cool yourself, sunbathe, and float. Water pours from the red rock face of the Grand Canyon and pools 100 feet below into a turquoise paradise. Options for getting there? Three-day mule trip, helicopter ride, or a wild 4 x 4 ride followed by a one and a half mile hike.

summer swimming holes in arizona

Havasu Falls, AZ

Sliding Rock, NC

Sliding Rock is a fitting name for this popular swimming spot: it is basically a huge rock that you can slide down. This 60-foot boulder has been smoothed by centuries of rushing waters and makes for a wonderful natural waterslide. Note: There’s nothing secret about this summer swimming hole. People line up in the summer to take their turn down the slide. It’s located in the Pisgah National Forest.

summer swimming holes in North Carolina

Sliding Rock, NC


The Blue Hole, Wimberly, TX

This is a picture perfect swimming hole and one of the most loved spots in Texas. Surrounded by natural forests and lined with cypress trees, this spring fed pool offers a cool respite from the heat of the Texas summer. The grassy banks are ideal for picnicking.

summer swimming holes in Texas

Blue Hole, TX


Cummins Falls, TN

Cummins Falls cascades down 75-feet of a wide, natural stone staircase. The “stairs” are wide, flat, and smooth. They are also slippery, so be careful if you’re not ready to for a cold splash! Cummins Falls is about halfway between Nashville and Knoxville.

summer swimming holes in Cummins Falls

Cummins Falls, TN


What’s your favorite summer swimming hole? We would love to hear from you!

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    Sarah Smith

    Sarah is The Dyrt's Co-founder. Growing up hiking, canoeing, and camping in the north woods of Minnesota, The Dyrt is a natural extension of her life experiences. She has traveled to over 40 countries and trekked in Nepal, biked the United Kingdom, and climbed Mt Fuji. An avid camper, Sarah now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband Kevin (the other Co-founder of The Dyrt), and the original #DyrtDog, Brandy.