America's Best Swimming Holes  

by Pool Builders on 09-25-2012 in Articles

There's no need to jet off the Caribbean to find the perfect swimming hole when you have more than a few waiting for you in your own country's backyard. Stretching from New York to California and everywhere in between, there are more crystal clear, inviting American swimming holes than you can imagine.What are some of the best of the best that this great nation has to offer? Read on to find out if any of these top rated places are in your area.

If you're into swimming holes that are truly off the beaten path, then you have to travel down to Arizona for a glimpse at the tropical blue waters of Havasu Falls. Situated at the bottom of the Grand Canyon (bonus side trip!) these gorgeously clean pools are the perfect way to cool off in the desert heat. When taking a dip in the refreshing waters, be sure to protect your delicate ears. Summertime dips can unfortunately be accompanied by irritating cases of swimmer's ear. Stop water from entering your canals altogether by sealing them up with a pair of flexible, form-fitting and durable Mack's Aqua Block Earplugs

Looking like a frame straight out of a science fiction movie, the swirling waters of the Johnson's Shut-Ins, located in the Ozark Mountains near Reynolds Country, Missouri, fall over smooth black volcanic stone resulting in a summer paradise scene like no other. The water slows to a crawl in small inlets between the stone, which form a makeshift slip-sliding obstacle course to maneuver through on a hot summer's day.

Tucked away in the eastern part of the state is the Cummins Falls swimming hole of Cookeville, Tennessee. The water source starts off high and cascades its way down over 50 stair-step drop offs to finally rest in deep, cool, emerald waters. The trek down to this swimming hole isn't easy, but once you're there you'll want to explore everything it's got. To do so easily, strap on a pair of Reef Tourer Fins. These lightweight fins are small enough to tuck into a backpack but powerful enough to propel you to every nook and cranny the refreshing waters offer.

Right outside of the Texas capital, Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve in Dripping Springs is one of the best ways to cool down from the hot Austin summers. While the surrounding area has many swimming holes to choose from, Hamilton Pool remains a fan favorite. Enjoy the sandy beach or beat the heat by standing under the hole's 50 foot waterfall. Don't miss out on seeing everything below the surface while in these warm waters. Pair your swimming hole adventure with the Barracuda Predator hybrid goggles. They help provide swimmers with a wider-than-normal field of vision and create a strong yet comfortable suction to keep your eyes dry for hours on end.

Break away from the hot and busy vibe of New York City and head north to the Catskills to enjoy the Peekamoose Blue Hole. This deep and clear swimming hole is a quieter escape than the teeming coastline and is picturesquely tucked into the shaded trees of the forest. The shallower end is great for the whole family while the deeper side features a high rope swing that calls to your inner daredevil.

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