Top Swimming Holes in New England



These are our selections for the premier swimming holes in New England that include a substantial waterfall. There are other excellent swimming holes throughout this region that are not included here because they do not contain a sizeable enough waterfall.

Several of these swimming holes offer cliff-jumping possibilities, which is an inherently dangerous activity that you will take at your own risk if you decide to partake in that. All swimming holes can be dangerous under moderate or high-water conditions, so always use common sense before jumping or stepping into any swimming hole. We cannot be held responsibile for your actions.

If you choose to visit any of these waterfalls, please leave no trace! Remove all your trash and try to pick up the trash left by others. There have been dozens of swimming holes lost to the general public over the last 20 years due to disrespectful visitors. If we hear too many more of these stories, we will have no choice but to remove directions to all swimming holes on our website. That would truly be a shame, as these swimming holes are some of the most wonderful places in all of New England.





ENDERS FALLS
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
CT 7 out of 10 Moderate series of several waterfalls in northern Connecticut, several of which have good swimming holes below them; short hike required to reach the swimming holes; since there really aren't that many good natural swimming holes in Connecticut, this is probably the best you will find.

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Enders Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

BELLEVUE FALLS
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
MA 8 out of 10 Moderate you will find one good, large pool below the waterfall here; access is easy and short; this is a privately-owned property that the landowner is nice enough to allow the public to enjoy (respect this place and leave no trace, or we may lose access permanently)

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Bellevue Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

FRENCHMEN'S HOLE
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
ME 9 out of 10 High / Very High classic swimming hole and cliff jumping hotspot near the Sunday River ski resort; viewable from the road; do not swim here if the river is running high as it is very dangerous

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Frenchmen's Hole

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GULF HAGAS
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
ME 9 out of 10 High / Very High many great swimming holes along the "Grand Canyon of Maine", the most popular of which is at the base of Screw Auger Falls; moderately difficult and long hike to visit all swimming holes; access fee is steep for out-of-state visitors

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Gulf Hagas

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HUSTON BROOK FALLS
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
ME 8 out of 10 Moderate huge but cold swimming hole near the Sugarloaf Ski Resort; also called Bunchberry Falls

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Huston Brook Falls

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Huston Brook Falls

LEDGE FALLS (T4 R10)
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
ME 7 out of 10 Moderate popular attraction that is adjacent to the Baxter State Park park road; located on the west side of the park and clearly visible along the main park road; bring river tubes to enjoy the natural waterslides here

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Ledge Falls (T4 R10)

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Ledge Falls (T4 R10)

RATTLESNAKE POOL
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
ME 7 out of 10 Moderate the trail passes through private property, but access is currently allowed to the general public; beautiful but small & very cold pool (I would only swim if its greater than 80 or even 85 degrees); easy, nearly flat hike required; you'll love the tropical-ish feeling this place has, but be ready for some seriously chilly water

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Rattlesnake Pool

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

SMALLS FALLS
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
ME 9 out of 10 High fun and crowded set of waterfalls and pools near Rangeley Lake; easy access off ME 26

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Smalls Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

STEP FALLS
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
ME 7 out of 10 Moderate / High tons of small pools for wading; several small natural waterslides; a child's dream; no pool is deep enough for actual swimming though; don't miss nearby Screw Auguer Falls (Grafton)

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Step Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

DIANA'S BATHS
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH 6 out of 10 Very High extremely popular series of wading pools and small waterfalls near North Conway; $3 parking fee, very easy 1.2 mile round-trip hike through very pretty woods; avoid on nice-weather summer weekends as crowds can be atrocious

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Diana's Baths

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

EMERALD POOL
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH 10 out of 10 Moderate / High nice pool on way up or down South or North Baldface Mountain; popular with summer camping groups, so can be very busy even mid-week; fun and relatively safe cliff-jumping opportunities

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Emerald Pool

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

FRANCONIA FALLS
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH 8 out of 10 Moderate features several swimming holes, natural waterslides, and sunny slabs; you really have to be careful here - do not visit if river is running moderate or high!

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Franconia Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

JACKSON FALLS
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH 7 out of 10 Moderate / High over 200-feet of slides, pools, and waterfalls; two can fit behind one of the waterfalls, where a natural rock seat will be found! very popular with families and small children; some picnic tables

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Jackson Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

LOWER AMMONOOSUC FALLS
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH 7 out of 10 Moderate / High huge pool below small set of cascades; generally considered safer than nearby Upper Ammonoosuc Falls; accessed via a short, easy hike; in low water, there is a neat little cave behind one of the cascades that you can duck into

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Lower Ammonoosuc Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

LOWER FALLS (ALBANY)
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH 9 out of 10 Extremely High probably the most popular swimming hole in New England; hundreds will visit this place off the Kancamagus Highway (NH 112 west of Conway) on summer weekends; $3 parking fee

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Lower Falls (Albany)

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

POLLARDS MILLS
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH 8 out of 10 Moderate private property with allowed access; close to the road

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Pollards Mills

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SCULPTURED ROCKS
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH 8 out of 10 Moderate / High several potholes and pools for wading and swimming

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Sculptured Rocks

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
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SWIFTWATER FALLS (BATH)
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH 10 out of 10 High huge & relatively warm pool below a long wooden covered bridge; two waterfalls on site; beautiful spot where you could easily spend an entire day; easy access from a large parking; 30 minutes west of Lincoln / Kancamagus Highway

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Swiftwater Falls (Bath)

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

THIRTEEN FALLS
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH 9 out of 10 Low requires a hike of 16-miles round trip, so it's best visited as part of a backpacking trip; visit only on 80-degree plus days as pools are typically quite frigid; probably the finest backpacking swimming hole destination in New England

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Thirteen Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

UPPER AMMONOOSUC FALLS
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH 10 out of 10 High / Very High notoriously dangerous swimming hole near the Cog Railway that's only safe under low water conditions; cliff-jumping is extremely popular here, but do NOT attempt in high water as many people have died here over the years; has a few excellent pools for swimming immediately downstream of the falls

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Upper Ammonoosuc Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

BARLETT FALLS
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
VT 10 out of 10 Very High / Extremely High features a huge pool; it's a bit slippery to get there, but you can get behind this waterfall; one of the biggest and best swimming holes in New England

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Bartlett Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

BINGHAM FALLS
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
VT 7 out of 10 Moderate / High absolutely gorgeous waterfall with a small pool; the water color is exquisite; short but steep hike required; do not swim here unless the water levels are low

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Bingham Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

BOLTON POTHOLES
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
VT 10 out of 10 Very High this is a party-zone and that will turn off some of you; good but semi-dangerous cliff-jumping; be wary of bringing your children here on summer weekends as the crowd will be full of teenagers and college kids

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Bolton Potholes

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

BUTTERMILK FALLS (LUDLOW)
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
VT 9 out of 10 High / Very High set of three waterfalls, two of which have excellent swimming opportunities; easy access; popular with families because children cherish this place

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Buttermilk Falls (Ludlow)

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

FALLS OF LANA
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
VT 6 out of 10 Moderate unique falls with a small pool below them

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Falls of Lana

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

JAY BRANCH GORGE
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
VT 8 out of 10 Moderate also called Four Corners, this swimming hole has good cliff jumping

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Jay Branch Gorge

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

OLD CITY FALLS
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
VT 7 out of 10 Moderate locally popular set of two swimming pools below an impressive segmented waterfall

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Old City Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

PIKES FALLS
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
VT 8 out of 10 Moderate / High nice alternative to nearby Hamilton Falls, which is typically dangerous and overcrowded; easy access via short hike

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Pikes Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

TERRILL GORGE
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
VT 7 out of 10 Low / Moderate less crowded than other VT swimming holes; neat gorge; moderately difficult access; can be cold as swimming hole doesn't seem to get much sun

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Terrill Gorge

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

TWENTY FOOT HOLE
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
VT 8 out of 10 Moderate / High set of three swimming holes; uppermost swimming hole has the deepest water; always check depth first before jumping!; this is a very fun place, however there are rumors it may have been negatively affected by Hurricane Irene (unconfirmed)

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Twenty Foot Hole

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Twenty Foot Hole

WARREN FALLS
STATE FUN-FACTOR POPULARITY NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
VT 10 out of 10 High one of the premier swimming holes of VT in our opinion. Outstandingly fun, but this place is also very popular; we've heard that water quality can be iffy from time to time, but we've never had a problem

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Warren Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

GUIDEBOOKS TO GET YOU THERE

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