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Where to Swim in the Hudson Valley

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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.

Peekamoose Blue Hole

Natural Feature
No matter the question, the Catskills are almost always an appropriate answer. When it comes to swimming destinations, Rondout Creek’s Peekamoose Blue Hole is the answer. The natural swimming hole is known for its crystal-clear blue water, which belongs to a creek that’s part of New York City’s drinking water watershed.
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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.
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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.
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Kaaterskill Falls

Natural Feature
Kaaterskill Falls in New York's Catskills
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.
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Rockland Lake State Park

Contrary to its name, the main draw of Rockland Lake State Park isn’t its namesake lake but the adjacent pool. At 25,000 square feet, this swimming pool out-measures an Olympic-sized facility and features diving boards, two water slides, and Hudson River views.
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These recommendations were updated on August 1, 2018 to keep your travel plans fresh.