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. Natural swimming spots in and around Atlanta allow us to connect with nature by doing some wild swimming! Let’s face it. There’s literally nothing better when the sun is shining, and it’s important to make the most of it while we’ve got it. Snazzy glamping getaways are a great option, but they often come with a pretty big price tag, and these natural swimming spots are either free, or at least cheaper than a day at the waterpark.
1. The Chattahoochee River
One of the obvious natural 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. Wooden bridges and dirt trails connect the track that visitors can follow to go for a dip and enjoy some quality time with loved ones in Atlanta.
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.
📍Cedar Creek, SC
3. Settles Bridge Park
When the sun shines and temperatures soar, us Atlantans desperately hunt for an escape from the city. One of Atlanta’s most beloved waterholes is at Settles Bridge Park, and it’s a great little getaway. 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 still 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.
📍Vogel State Park, GA
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. It’s also a great spot to enjoy a bit of escapism and take in a stunning sunset with your loved ones.