Where to Swim in the Hudson Valley

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Photo of Julia Goicochea
1 August 2018

New York’s Hudson Valley may be known for its jutting mountains and high-altitude hikes, but you’ll find plenty to enjoy at ground level too. Check out these swimming holes, pools, and other places to swim in the Hudson Valley.

Beacon River Pool

Swimming Pool, Natural Feature

This unique pool in Dutchess County is situated within Beacon River itself. Partially submerged, the pool is filled with flowing river water and bordered by floating seats, the perfect perches from which to take in river views. As a bonus, Beacon River Pool-goers don’t have to worry about exposure to harsh chlorine: the site’s water quality is among the best in the county.

Taconic State Park

A waterfall surrounded by foliage and stones | © Jeffrey Workman / Unsplash

Occupying 16 miles of Dutchess County’s Taconic Mountain Range and sharing a border with Massachusetts and Connecticut, Taconic State Park provides plenty of space for swimming. The 64-acre Rudd Pond is a popular pick for Taconic State swimmers, as is Copake Falls.

Kaaterskill Falls

Natural Feature
Kaaterskill Falls in New York's Catskills | © Rohit Ravindran / Flickr

A popular subject of Hudson River School paintings, Kaaterskill Falls is one of New York’s most famous waterfalls. Two tiers drop from 260 feet to lead into Kaaterskill Creek, an eastern Catskill Mountains waterway, the many swimming holes of which include a naturally-formed pool by the waterfall’s upper section.

Harriman State Park

Natural Feature
Lake Welch Beach in Harriman State Park | © Rick McCharles / Flickr

The second-largest park in New York’s parks system is home to 31 lakes, two beaches, miles of streams, and (naturally) some of the Hudson Valley’s best swimming. Lake Welch, the biggest beach in Harriman State Park, and Lake Tiorati are particularly popular destinations.

Lake Awosting

Natural Feature
Lake Awosting in Minnewaska State Park | © Wikicommons

Earn your cooling dip at Lake Awosting, a secluded body of water in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. A challenging 4.5-mile trail separates preserve visitors from this crystalline mountain lake, which offers what may be the most rewarding swim around.

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