Vermont, one of the least populous American states, connotes ‘the Green Mountains’ in French (Les Verts Monts), or probably got its name due to the abundant presence of the mica-quartz-chlorite schist in the region. Located in the northeastern part of the United States, this enticing region radiates with its fiery red, orange, and yellow kaleidoscopic maple leaves. Its spectacular scenic pastoral landscapes are blessed with its exuberant mountains, rolling valleys, and turquoise swimming holes which altogether boost one with awe and gratitude. The glorious topography of Vermont includes its remarkable Green Mountains which run from the north to the south up to the middle of the state, while separating Lake Champlain and other valley terrains on the west, and Connecticut River valley from the east. The region has flourishing hardwoods, conifers, bucolic farmlands, and picturesque villages. All of which appeal travellers and nature enthusiasts to embark on an adventurous journey where outdoor adventures like kayaking, hiking, skiing, and swimming are endless. One of the main features of Vermont is certainly its eclectic range of impressive swimming holes. Find out more out these stunning attractions by scrolling down the list below.
1. Buttermilk Falls
The gushing foamy cascade flowing majestically in the luxuriously green area of Ithaca in the Buttermilk Falls State Park lies the Buttermilk swimming hole. This blissful turquoise natural pool has a clear water which undoubtedly lures adventurous spirits to take a refreshing plunge. This 811-acre (3.28 km) State Park is believed to come from Robert and Laura Treman in 1924. There are around ten waterfalls in the park among which the Buttermilk Falls is the main attraction for nature lovers. Hiking enthusiasts can partake on hiking adventures ranging from easy to challenging trails in the area. The perk being the sweeping views of the waterfalls, streams, and wild gorges. Besides, there are facilities such as picnic areas, playground, camping ground, and wooden cabins. Nature adventurers will be glad to find some exciting outdoor activities like fishing, hiking, swimming, and other recreational activities.
Address: 112 E. Buttermilk Falls Rd (Off Rt. 13 S) Ithaca, NY 14850
Website: Buttermilk Falls
2. Dog River
Tucked away in a serene and isolated region of West Berlin in the Vermont state, the popular Dog River has been the region’s premier native trout streams. The area has been part of a project in 1997 and was bought by the Berlin Conservation Commission to accommodate the place with park benches, picnic tables, and walking areas. The highlight of this attraction is undeniably its ‘hot tub’ swimming hole which is a large natural pool found below a four-foot drop. The area has sprawling verdant flora including gorgeous hemlocks and hardwoods. There is a natural water chute, and some marvellous cliffs to add up to the beautiful scenery. This is the ideal place for fishing, canoeing in the high water, swimming, cliff jumping, and forest bathing. You need to take Route 12 South out of Montpelier to get there.
Address: Dog River, Vermont, USA
Website: Dog River
3. No Name Hole
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What could be more exciting than sliding into a refreshing varnish clear natural swimming pool amidst green trees, and particular rocks with a slight pink hue. No Name Hole is one of the enthralling natural swimming pool situated in Arlington town. There are several spellbinding waterfalls which have been formed into natural slides in the area. Though the crystal clear swimming holes are not deep enough, they are still worth considering if you’re seeking for fun. The available swimming holes in the area are quite safe and offer a laid-back vibe in nature. Take this amazing chance to connect with nature with your friends and family.
No Name Hole
Address: No Name Hole, Arlington, Vermont
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4. East Middlebury Gorge
The East Middlebury Gorge is a must-visit adventurous site for water rafting, kayaking, and swimming. This underrated spot is blessed with exuberant wild vegetations, gorgeous cliffs, rivers, cascades, swimming hole, and huge rock formations, all of which project an unspoiled hideaway in nature. Besides this wonderous swimming hole, the place is very much popular for extreme watersports like white water rafting. Its prominent Birth Canal is located at the upper section which has overhanging walls, sieves and undercuts and a blind waterfall. This area is reversed for adrenaline junkies who must be accompanied by a professional guide. The other accessible area is the lower section.
East Middlebury Gorge
Address: Middlebury , Addison County, VT , USA
5. Bristol Falls
Located in an off-beaten area in Bristol, the Bristol Falls, or commonly known as the Bartlett Falls, is a 14-foot (4.26 metres) waterfall with an Olympic-sized moss green swimming hole situated on the New Haven River. This incredible natural swimming pool is accessible from Route 116. Enthusiastic nature lovers can jump off and into the inviting swimming hole to have a fun moment in the water. The location has many hiking trails which lead to cliffs, and rivers. The slippery clamber leads to a small cave. Adventurers can cliff jump from 20 to 30 feet (6-9 metres) where sometimes there is a rope to swing. For children, there is shallow water as well, and areas where leisure stroll are available. There is a parking area along the Lincoln Road.
Address: 24 Lincoln Rd, Bristol, VT 05443, USA
6. Dorset Quarry
The highlights of this remarkable place are its unspoiled environment and its old marble quarry which was opened for the public in 1785. The Dorset Quarry has a historical significance as it took centuries to carve out the rock walls. The marbles from this area were used for the construction of Harvard’s medical school, New York Public Library, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. This enchanting attraction offers nature adventurers a huge natural swimming pool with 360 degrees of diving-off edges. Though the swimming hole is located in a secluded area it becomes quite crowded during summer seasons. The attraction is quite spacious. It is about 120 yards (9,109.7 metres) long and 30 yards (27.4 metres) across. There are plenty of smooth, flat rock terraces which are ideal to lounge on or jump off. You can hear lots of thrilling screams as adrenaline junkies stepped up to the edge and ultimately leap into the air to fall in the chilling swimming hole.
Address: Green Mountain National Forest, 1878-, 1940 VT-30, Dorset, VT 05251, United States
7. Warren Falls
With a pretty accessible path, right off the Route 100 or by a trail from the parking area, Warren Falls is perfect for those who are spending their sabbatical in Vermont or adventurous spirits seeking for an ideal hideaway. Due to its easy access, this place gets very crowded during weekends and school holidays. The attraction has a wonderful swimming hole on the Mad River. There are about four majestic jumping cliffs, three waterfalls, three natural swimming pools and waterslides which altogether provide great options for family of all ages. Spend your next summer vacation over here with your family or friends.
Address: 3919 VT-100, Warren, VT 05674, USA
8. Marble Street Quarry
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Set in the lush green side of Rutland, the Marble Street Quarry is an abandoned quarry nestled in a serene and rugged environment. If you wish to spend some quality time refreshing yourself in a swimming hole in all privacy then this place is your ideal destination. To get there, you need to take route 4 Business west from Rutland heading to the western side, which will eventually lead you to the Marble Street. Drive about 2.5 miles (4 km) leading to a rugged muddy area just outside the town. Notice for a small pull off the right blocked by large stones. From there, you can walk straight to the quarry.
Marble Street Quarry
Address: 2135-, 2703 Marble St, West Rutland, VT 05777, United States
9. Bingham Falls
This picturesque, secluded waterfall is among the top listed attractions of avid nature lovers. This enchanting waterfall is nestled in the most frequented Stowe town within Mount Mansfield State Forest. The place can be accessed by a small hike through the fern-blanketed woods. As you reach nearer to the attraction you will be able to hear the pounding sounds of waterfalls and splashes of water where people are certainly having fun jumping off the cliff to the emerald natural pool. If you wish to avoid crowds then it is recommended to visit the place during weekdays.
Address: Bingham Falls Stowe, VT 05672, USA
10. Cavendish Gore
Cavendish Gore is an off beaten waterfall spot where a river meanders through the rugged and wild gorge. You can reach the place by hiking an overgrown dirt road which is part of the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST) trail network. As you hike your way, you will find splendid vistas of streams, cascades and a dam. There is a 10-foot (3 metres) plunge over a huge rock outcrop. The natural swimming pool provides a refreshing swimming experience just after a sweaty hike.
Address: Cavendish Gore, Windsor County, VT, USA
Get ready for a refreshing plunge
Vermont is your next best bet if you’re looking for thrilling nature adventures like swimming or cliff jumping in some amazing natural swimming pools.
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