Swimming pools are nice, but we all know that swimming holes are where the real action is. It’s hard to beat being surrounded by nature, fewer people, and places to explore. So, next time you’re itching to escape the concrete jungle, try these swimming holes in The Natural State.
1. Kings River
The Kings River Falls area not only boasts a fantastic 1.2 mile walking trail for all seasons, but a 10 foot high waterfall housing a popular swimming hole during the summer. If you’re hoping to enjoy the clear and cool water in some peace and quiet, swing by during early mornings or during the week.
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Just south of Huntsville is the extremely small town of Venus, Arkansas. From there, a short drive takes you to the Kings River Falls. I have wanted to go here for a while now, and yesterday morning was the perfect day to go! The water was bright and the sky was clear! I'll be back to practice my cannonball splash technique. . #arkansas #ozarks #naturalstate #northwestarkansas #explorearkansas #arkansaslife #arkansasyall #igersarkansas #instagramarkansas #igarkansas #wonderfularkansas #MyArkansasLife #ozarkansas #visitarkansas #thenaturalstate #ig_ark #ig_arkansas #thenaturalstate #exploreAR #canon_official #canonphotography #can_landscape #canon #canon6d #nature #hiking #waterfall #kingsriverfalls #kingsriver #explore
2. Cedar Creek
Although parts of Cedar Creek are off limits for swimming, there are two places where you can swim in the waters of the oldest state park in Arkansas. One of these places is at the bottom of an incredible 95 foot waterfall best known as Cedar Creek Falls. This swimming hole is notorious for its slippery rocks, so watch your step. You can also take advantage of Blue Hole, a popular swimming hole where Civilian Conservation Corps used to swim during breaks for a little slice of history.
3. Little Missouri River
Home to several popular swimming spots, the Little Missouri River is a rocky mountain river that runs from the Ouachita Mountains into the rolling hills of the surrounding countryside. The Winding Stairs is one of these spots, with multiple cascades and little nooks to swim in. If you’re feeling like a little more isolation, try Blue Hole (known to some as Big Hole). This quarry filled with aquamarine water is about 100 feet deep at its deepest point, and spans over 600 feet wide. After the quarry filled with water, the mining company abandoned it, leaving it open to adventurous swimmers willing to brave the rough road to take a dip in the pool.
4. Gunner Pool
For those looking for a bit more civilization, look no further than the Gunner Pool Recreational Area located in the Ozark National Forest. Stretching along the scenic North Sylamore Creek, this swimming hole also offers a full campground with shady and private sites available. Leave the cell phones at home or in the car, because there are no electrical or water hook-ups on site. Nearby Mountain View, Arkansas boasts Blanchard Springs Caverns, the only developed cave system still operated by the U.S. Forest Service.
5. Buffalo Point
One of many scenic areas located around the pristine Buffalo River, Buffalo Point boasts scenic mountain views with high bluffs and clean, emerald water. Camping, floating, and kayaking are all popular on this scenic river, a favorite destination of Arkansans hoping to escape the summer heat. Nearby Jasper, Arkansas is also home to the Ozark Cafe, which celebrated its 100th Birthday in 2009. Featuring a meeting room, soda fountain, and theater, it’s easy to fill up on comfort food after a long day of enjoying the local sights.