5 Swimming Holes Near NYC You Never Knew Existed

  • By Naomi Harreman
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We love Astoria Park Pool, but let’s be honest: Sometimes it’s nice to swim somewhere that isn’t surrounded by concrete. These five swimming holes are a quick hop, skip and a cannonball jump from NYC. Don’t forget your swimsuit.

ENDERS FALLS (GRANBY, CT, 2.5 HOURS FROM NYC)

This gorgeous swimming spot is hidden inside Enders State Forest in northern Connecticut. Follow an easy hiking trail and your natural pool awaits, surrounded by waterfalls.

HIGHLANDS NATURAL POOL (RINGWOOD, NJ, 90 MINUTES FROM NYC)

Swimming laps at the gym is fine, but sometimes we want to cool down without that burny chlorine feeling in our eyes. That’s when we take a mini road trip to this totally natural swimming pond in North Jersey’s Wyanokie Highlands.

SPLIT ROCK FALLS (ELIZABETHTOWN, NY, 4 HOURS FROM NYC)

OK, this one is admittedly a bit of a schlep, but after you make the four-plus-hour drive and brave the slippery rocks, you’ll understand. Swimming holes don’t get more gorgeous than this, people.

VERNOOY KILL FALLS (KERHONKSON, NY, 3 HOURS FROM NYC)

When your co-workers ask you what you’re doing this weekend, you can now say, “Oh, just swimming under a waterfall. NBD.”

LAKE TIORATI (SOUTHFIELDS, NY, 1 HOUR FROM NYC)

Super-easy day trip, anyone? Just hop on Metro-North to get to Harriman State Park—there’s even a shuttle bus that’ll drive you right up to the lake. Best weekend ever.

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