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THE BEST SWIMMING HOLES NEAR BALTIMORE

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UPDATED NOV 11, 2019

While the pool may look cool and inviting, there’s nothing more exciting than jumping into a natural swimming hole in the great outdoors. So, grab a hold of that rope swing, cannonball off that cliff, or wade in the shallows of one Baltimore’s swimming holes sure to keep you cool for the summer.

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CHARLOTTE NAGEY

FITT BALTIMORE CONTRIBUTOR

When it comes to cooling off, the waters of Patapsco Valley State Park are where you want to be. You’ll have over 16,000 acres of park, meaning wherever there is water (look out for whitewater rapids throughout), feel free to dip your toes in or take the leap if it’s deep enough.

Along the Gunpowder River, enjoy 1,500 feet of beach perfect for swimming, tanning, fishing, and picnicking. Hammerman Beach is a popular destination for an open water swim. Though, parking is tough, so be sure to get there early.

Get in on 30 acres of fun in Cockeysville, Maryland, offering a freshwater quarry designed for a day full of laughs and memories. Beaver Dam is great for all swim talents too—advanced swimmers/jumpers can enjoy waters as deep at 40 feet! Need to dip your toes?  Simply swing from their infamous rope swing or catapult down one of their slides. Fitt Tip: daily admission required, so bring cash.

In the depths of Frederick, Maryland, a beautiful swimming hole can be found under the 78 foot falls of Cunningham Falls. Though you may need to take a hike through the state park, what better way to cool from a rigorous hike than hopping off a few boulders to tread water under the falls? Fitt Tip: during the summer afternoons, the falls gets quite crowded, so pack some patience and everything will go swimmingly.

This particular swimming holes is a small nook in the Loch Raven Reservoir of Timonium, Maryland.. Known for its cliffs that offer a 40-foot jump cool waters, make sure you take necessary precautions and follow all local laws. But if you’re not ready to take your adventure to those heights, hang by the water’s edge and use the rope swing!

Ironically found in Poolesville, Maryland, Seneca Creek offers a secluded spot to tie up your swan floatie. Too shallow to use a rope swing, but the shade of a bridge makes for the perfect way to cool off. So grab your inner tube, tether it so you don’t float away, and maybe pack a cooler and pass us a cold one.

A hidden gem in Owings Mills, Cascade Lake is a 70-acre wooded area with rolling hills and, of course, a six-acre lake. Fun for the young and “young at heart”, venture to the “Spray and Play” playground. A great time for those non-swimmers,  enjoy a spray to keep cool as you run through geysers and water tunnels. Need to fuel up for more fun? Grab a snack from Cascade Cafe, then CANNONBALL (after waiting 30 minutes, of course…).

If you are covered in sweat after hiking through the depths of Gunpowder Falls State Park, take a dip in Hillbilly Creek. A creek in the middle of the park, Hillbilly is a great spot to rope swing, jump off a few rocks, or even tube downstream along the river.

A word of caution: Rocks are hard and can hurt you. Please be extra careful out there!

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