America's Secret Swimming Holes
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Havasu Falls - Arizona
Located in the Grand Canyon near the Havasupai Indian village of Supai, Arizona, Havasu Falls has an average water temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. One of the most extraordinary swimming holes on the planet, it features spring-fed water that cascades 100 feet into an iridescent turquoise pool all day long.
Cummins Falls - Tennessee
Looking for the best place to escape the sweltering summer heat in the heartland of America? For more than 100 years, Cummins Falls, a scenic, 75-foot waterfall located in Jackson County, has been a gem for Tennessee natives... but now, the secret is out! Although it’s a bit of a hike to get to once in the park, the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River provides unmatched beauty on your way to taking a dip in Tennessee’s eighth-largest waterfall.
Chena Hot Springs - Alaska
Homestead Crater - Utah
Just a short drive south from Salt Lake City, Utah, is Homestead Crater, a family-owned local attraction. Inside the unassuming mound of dirt is a hidden gem 12,000 years in the making. The giant pool is a soothing 96 degrees, and the water is said to have high levels of calcium and magnesium that can make you look and feel younger.
Madison Blue Spring - Florida
Blue Hole - New Mexico
Aztec Falls - California
Hali’i Falls - Hawaii
Located deep in the jungle on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, Hali’i Falls is a multitiered waterfall that is accessible only by hiking through bamboo forests, deep marsh and former sugarcane pastures. The falls feeding this pool are named Hali’i, which means "to spread out," and the cascading water does just that, creating the ultimate swimming experience.
Mooney Falls - Arizona
Half a mile north of Havasu Falls stands the tallest water feature in the Grand Canyon, rising 190 feet above the surface. Named after a prospector in the 1800s, Mooney Falls is accessible only by crawling through two tunnels and then climbing down a sheer cliff face with just a couple of dangling chains to hold on to. Although tough to get to, the view alone makes it worth the trip.
Wekiwa Springs - Florida
Sliding Rock - North Carolina
Lihue Plantation - Hawaii
A private swimming hole at the old Lihue Sugar Plantation on Kauai, Hawii, was transformed into an inner-tube water ride by Kauai Backcountry Adventures in 2003. The waters for this 2 1/2-mile journey, which originate near the top of Mount Waialeale — one of the wettest spots in the world — are channeled through ditches and tunnels that were hand-dug by plantation workers over a century ago.