Beautiful Natural Swimming Pools Across the U.S.

Barton Springs, Texas.
Barton Springs, Texas. Photo by Tomek Baginski on Unsplash

It’s no secret that we are experiencing some of the most unforgiving heatwaves in years this summer. What’s better than cooling off with a swim on a sweltering summer day? And doing so in a natural setting is even better. Here are some of the best natural pools (or swimming holes) across the US.

Madison Blue Spring, Florida

The crystal blue water of Madison Blue Spring makes plunging into it irresistible. The 25-foot deep swimming hole is located inside a lovely woodland area and if you are brave enough you can cave dive into the hole’s underwater caverns.

Santa Rosa Blue Hole, New Mexico

The visibility in this oasis-like natural pool is so good you can see to the bottom because the water renews itself every six hours. The reason for it is that the Blue Hole is connected to an underwater cave system.

Barton Springs, Texas

Escape the soaring temperatures of Austin, and discover the lovely and massive Barton Springs. It’s bigger than two whole football fields and fed by the Edwards Aquifer, meaning the water is a refreshing 68 to 70 degrees year-round.

Firehole Swimming Area, Wyoming

This is one of the two swimming areas found in Yellowstone National Park. Contrary to its name, the water in Firehole River is just the perfect temperature for cooling off after a hike.