Henry James said, “’Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” Here at Trover we have searched for the best places to cool off for a summer afternoon and created a list of the most secret swimming holes so you can escape your cube and practice your back flip in private. Check out our favorite spots to cool off as we enter the second half of summer.
Looking Glass Falls, Transylvania County, North Carolina
Follow the path from the popular waterfall to the much quieter plunge pool.
Photo by Hayley Lundgren.
Jacob’s Well, Hays County, Texas
A karstic spring explored and mapped by some very brave cave divers.
Photo by Stephen Leonardi.
Camp Orr, Newton County, Arkansas
Twin Falls offers a refreshing spot to cool off in the hot Arkansas summers.
Photo by Jeremy Nguyen.
Bruce Peninsula State Park, Ontario
The Grotto is a gorgeous spot in Ontario for swimming with cool clear water for swimming and splashing.
Photo by Ai Long.
Hamilton Pool, Travis County, Texas
Popular with Austin visitors and locals for cooling off in the strong Texas summer heat.
Photo by wonders of back roads.
Queen’s Bath, Princeville, Kauai
Located near Princeville on the north shore of Kauai, this is the former swimming hole of Hawaiian royalty.
Photo by MapNomads.