8 of the Greatest Swimming Holes in New York That You Can Hike To

Okay New Yorkers and anyone who adventures to the heavenly Finger Lakes region around summertime. I have been searching for a list with the best swimming spots carved out of the mountains that you can hike to and then enjoy the fresh, cool water without the crowds and chlorine. Here it goes..

  1.     Stony Brook State Park


This deep, manmade pool offers a fulltime lifeguard staff. You can find it off of Route 36S in Dansville, NY.

2.     Esopus Creek

IMG_0812This world famous natural trout stream and well known watering hole.  The sleepy village of Phoenician, NY is a tubing destination in the Catskill region. This area of Ulster County boasts one of the largest black bear populations and they can be seen in the creek.

3.     Shanty Brook


You have to work for this one. Part of the Sacandaga River system. To get there you must wade through a shallow part of river to find the falls and swimming hole. Find Rt.8 in the town of Wells and follow it east for 9 miles.

4.     Millstream Swimming Hole


This is a subtle and overlooked spot found in the town of Woodstock, NY.

5.     Zoar Valley

IMG_0815 Near the confluence of the of the Genesee River and Cattaraugus Creek in Cattaraugus , the Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area offers hiking, paddling, swimming, fishing and many other outdoor opportunities.

6.     Boiling Pot


A part of the pothole and gorge formation in Canajoharie, NY.  The cliffs can be dangerous, but you can relax with the running water surrounding you.  Take exit 29 off I90 towards Canajoharie to route 10S, east on Rt. 55 and find Cunningham Rd.

7.     Peekamoose Blue Hole


Found on Roundout Creek in the Catskill region.  This iconic hole has beautiful blue water and takes just under a 5 mile hike to get there.

8.     Enfield Falls


The lower falls in the Robert H. Treman State park, which has nearly 10 miles of hiking trails is known as one of the best Lifeguarded swimming holes in Ithaca, NY.

Be safe and enjoy your summer.