6 SoVT Scenic Swimming Holes You Have to See This Summer

One thing’s for sure – there’s no shortage of scenic views here in southern Vermont. Luckily, when the weather’s too hot to earn the scenic views via hike, there’s swimming holes waiting for you to kick-back, relax and enjoy the view.

Arlington Green // Cool off at this stunning quintessential Vermont swimming hole in Arlington. Bring a chair or towel to lounge on the small grassy area, that’s great for a summertime picnic. There’s little to no cell service in this area, so be prepared to unplug and enjoy the Vermont summer. How to get here: Covered Bridge Rd, Arlington, VT 05250.

arlington green
Arlington Green Covered Bridge Swimming Hole (also pictured in header image)

Hamilton Falls// Truly a one-of-a-kind sight, Hamilton Falls offers a swimming hole at the base of a steep cascade. Climbing the falls and swimming in the upper pool (where you see a ladder for rescue purposes only)  is forbidden and highly dangerous, but the calm pool at the base of the falls offers a therapeutic swimming experience. How to get here: Link to google maps. 

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Stratton Snowmaking Pond // A popular swimming hole for locals and visitors alike, the Stratton Snowmaking Pond offers breathtaking views of Stratton Mountain Resort and surrounding green peaks. Great for kayaking, SUPing, floating and swimming. A popular spot for dog owners, be prepared to make some furry friends. There’s a small beach area great for kids and a clear path around the pond for walking or running. How to get here:  Drive on Kendall Farm Road (dirt road, Winhall, VT) until you see a road to the right with a black gate. At the top of the hill, you will find the pond.

Stratton Mountain Snowmaking Pond

Buttermilk Falls // Have you ever swam at the bottom of a waterfall? Buttermilk Falls offers three swimming holes at the base of three cascading falls. A perfect spot to lounge, swim, picnic and enjoy the view. How to get here: Buttermilk Falls Road, Mount Holly, VT. Drive on this road until you see a small dirt parking area on the right. Park and there is a clear path to the falls, with a sign mapping out all three falls. 

Townshend Dam // Lush green lawns,a  small beach area and some of the most scenic views in southern Vermont greet you at the Townshend Dam. Perfect for picnics, swimming and lounging. Camping permitted at the State Park. How to get here: 2755 State Forest Road, Townshend, Vermont. 

Photo: @sam_turgeon, Flickr


Benson’s Hole // This easily accessible hole in Manchester Center features picturesque cascades into a brisk refreshing natural swimming pool. How to get here:  Glen Road, Manchester, Vermont. Park immediately on the right before crossing a bridge over the brook. Without crossing the bridge, head downstream on the well-marked path to the cascade and look downstream where you will find the swimming pool.


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About the Author:


Cassie Russo |  Growing up in central Massachusetts, Cassie ventured to the snowy mountains of Vermont almost every weekend until her late teens to enjoy her passion – snowboarding.  After working at a ski shop while studying for a degree in journalism, Cassie knew Vermont was her next destination.  You can now find her living her dream of residing in Vermont, pursuing a writing career and strapping a snowboard to her feet every day. When the snow melts, you can find her on her paddle board, on the tennis courts and trying to find the next adventure.

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