6 great swimming holes to visit in Alabama
Little River Canyon in DeKalb County, Alabama can now can rate its beauty alongside a Mayan sinkhole, a blue lagoon in Iceland, a clear blue Jamaican stream and the Fairy Pools of Scotland. The swimming hole at the nature preserve near Fort Payne was named part of Huffington Post's list of 11 great swimming holes around the world. Only three other sites in America made the list.
Little River Canyon, carved over thousands of years by the Little River, is known as one of Alabama's natural wonders. Little River is unique because it flows for most of its length atop Lookout Mountain in northeast Alabama. Forested uplands, waterfalls, canyon rims and bluffs, pools, boulders, and sandstone cliffs offer settings for a variety of recreational activities.
The canyon is only one of Alabama's beautiful sites that make a great swimming hole, so we've listed a few more below.
Wind Creek, Lake Martin
Wind Creek State Park spans 1,445 acres along the shores of scenic Lake Martin, a 41,000-acre clear-water reservoir perfect for fishing, swimming and boating. Wind Creek boasts the largest state-operated campground in the United States with 626 sites. One hundred eighty-seven sites are waterfront, allowing for fishing, swimming and boating."
The Icebox, Magnolia Springs
Magnolia Springs is a tiny and scenic town in Baldwin County known for its small-town charm and slow pace. Central to this community is the Magnolia River, which remains the only mail delivery river route in the continental United States. The swimming hole isn’t the only aspect that makes The Icebox scenic: boathouses line each shore, water birds swoop and dive and the river banks are lush with wildlife and greenery.
The Devil's Den, Cheaha State Park
At the foot of Devil's Den Falls in Cheaha State Park in Clay County is a large and deep pool that draws swimmers each summer. Unlike other swimming holes, the water is deep all summer, even in dryer times.
High Falls, Guntersville
The centrepiece of High Falls Park is the 35-feet waterfall. Formed by Town Creek, the falls span 300 feet across. However, jumping is not recommended. Swimming and diving in such a rugged terrain is considerably dangerous. Visitors are also advised to avoid the rough waters below the falls.
Lake Tuscaloosa/Lake Nicol
This area offers a jumping and swimming area from bluffs along the side of the lake. However, there is a $500 fine for jumping from the dangerous bluffs so these sites are recommended for swimming only.