It’s getting hot in here, so let’s hit the water hole! From the Chattahoochee River to beloved “beaches” near Atlanta, there are plenty of places to cool off this summer where you can connect with nature by doing some wild swimming! Let’s face it. There’s literally nothing better when the sun is shining, and the temperatures are soaring, so keep on scrolling for some swim-spiration. Plus, these alternatives are either free, or at least cheaper than a day at the waterpark!
1. The Chattahoochee River
One of the obvious wild swimming spots for many in the ATL is our beloved Chattahoochee River. Of course, you have to be extra careful and check the conditions prior, but the river is a 48-mile safe haven for swimmers, kayakers, tubers, and beyond. Speaking of tubing, we recently rounded-up some of the places where you can rent tubes on the Chattahoochee. For the full round-up, click here.
Take the delightful pilgrimage to Helen for this spectacular hike to a natural oasis, which boasts a waterhole to take a dip and a cascading waterfall that brings the drama. The gorgeous features of this natural wonderland are perfect for stocking up on Instagram content, so your summer photo dump is guaranteed to be fire. Click here for more information.
3. Settles Bridge Park
One of Atlanta’s most beloved waterholes is at Settles Bridge Park. Located under the iconic bridge at the park, swimmers frequently can be seen taking a dip throughout the hotter months of the year. Just like any hole on the hooch, please be careful and check the conditions before hand. From weather conditions to dam controls, it’s always best to check that it’s safe to swim!
4. Helton Creek Falls
Another addition with a spectacular waterfall, Helton Creek Falls is a natural gem located in Blairsville. Although it’s forbidden to play on the waterfall itself, you can make a splash in the pool underneath. This a great summer hike where you can cool off and take a break at this gorgeous waterfall and natural pool.
Yes you read that correctly. Lake Acworth is home to this top-notch beach that becomes a hotspot during the summer. The 90 acre lake is just south of, and is connected to, Lake Allatoona, meaning there’s plenty of places to take a dip and enjoy some wild swimming. Click here for more information.