If the South is known for anything, it’s that summers are nothing short of scorching. Though certain areas might see cooler days in the winter, the majority of the months hold temperatures in the 90s and above. Thankfully, nature has provided many swimming holes in these regions. What better way to deal with the heat than simply embracing it and spending your afternoon laid out by the water? Here are the best swimming holes to visit with family or friends before the summer is over.
Sitting Bull Falls, New Mexico
A lesser-known area located right outside of Carlsbad, Sitting Bull Falls has several small holes and waterfalls that are perfect for families with little ones. The shallow waters at the front of the park are consistently the perfect temperature since most of them remain shaded by cliffs. The waterfalls vary from tall to short, fast-flowing to trickling, so everyone has a chance to enjoy them.
Cummins Falls, Tennessee
Cummins Falls is a popular swimming hole that everyone should visit when in Tennessee. Aside from being breathtaking, this large waterfall is surrounded by rocks that are perfect for laying out and relaxing on in the shallow, cool, falling water. This swimming hole is not only great for kids and adults, but the area is also perfect for hiking.
Jacob’s Well, Texas
This seemingly terrifying swimming hole deep in the heart of Texas is one of the most fascinating swimming holes in the South. A literal hole, Jacob’s Well goes straight down around 30 feet. The well then continues on at an angle reaching an average depth of around 120 feet. It is located just outside of Wimberley, near Austin. The water is crisp and perfect for the normally sweltering Texas days. Visitors recommend jumping into the hole from the highest rocks surrounding it. It seems scary at first, but it’s so much fun that people do it 10 times over.
Madison Blue Spring, Florida
Madison Blue Spring is a popular scuba spot, but don’t let that deter you from taking a dip and swimming around. It’s never too crowded and even though it is no longer privately owned, it is still very well preserved. This crystal clear spring located on the Withlacoochee River keeps everyone cool for hours in the beautiful Florida sun.
Blue Hole, New Mexico
The Blue Hole is a bell-shaped pool east of Santa Rosa. It’s also a popular dive spot that is often used for scuba training. The hole was once used as a fish hatchery but is now open for public use. The frigid water shocks swimmers as they jump in, but reminds that them they don’t have to succumb to the summer heat.