Open to the public: Swimming holes on public land. Late summer in the South means heat you can see, humidity that feels like breathing through a straw, and air so stale you have to push it out of the way. Rugged mountains, diverse wildlife, and more mountain streams than you can shake a stick, or fishing pole, at. Because of the sharp terrain, most of these creeks and streams tumble over rock slides and waterfalls at some point in their travels, creating deep pools filled with water as cold as the air is hot. The age-old battle of water versus rock and earth has culminated in a swimming hole paradise.
Gay Outdoors - Hiking, Camping, Backpack, Paddle, Bike, Ski, Beach
Forget the fake logs and abundant chlorine of the water parks. These three spots work best on one of those dog-day afternoons that unfold over an eternity. Bubbie Hole, West Virginia The Splashdown Fayetteville is a nexus for pursuits like climbing, rafting, even base jumping. But more leisurely pastimes unfold here, too. Dubbed for a notable local who all but grew up in these waters, Bubbie comes complete with a lazy current, sand beach, a rock island, and, naturally, a rope swing on the opposite bank. It is also traditionally clothing optional.