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Dive Into Outdoor Adventure: Top 10 Breathtaking Swimming Holes in Maine!

Updated: Jul 2


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Outdoor Adventure Awaits - Top 10 Swimming Holes in Maine

With so many great places to cool off, it can be hard to decide which of the swimming holes in Maine are worth going to! So, we’ve taken the time to round up the best of the best, so all you have to do is type in the location to your phone and drive.


From little ponds that are only known by the locals to incredible waterfalls with a swimming hole, Maine has got it all. Just remember that a lot of these places get really busy in the summer months, so you’ll want to start your day early – that’s our only advice for visiting these swimming holes in Maine!


Top 10 Waterfall Swimming Holes near me:


1.) Rattlesnake Pool, Stow

  • Description: Nestled in the Evans Notch area of the White Mountain National Forest, Rattlesnake Pool is a hidden gem known for its crystal-clear turquoise water and serene surroundings. A short hike through the forest leads you to this magical spot, where you can take a refreshing dip in the cool, clear pool.

  • Activities: Swimming, hiking, and photography.


2.) Indian’s Last Leap, Sanford

  • Description: This spot is rich in local lore and offers a unique blend of history and natural beauty. The deep pool at Indian’s Last Leap is perfect for a cool swim, and the surrounding rocks provide a great place to relax and take in the scenery.

  • Activities: Swimming, picnicking, and exploring historical sites.


3.) Lake Wood Pond, Acadia National Park

  • Description: Located within the famous Acadia National Park, Lake Wood Pond is a pristine swimming hole surrounded by lush forest. The calm waters are perfect for a leisurely swim, and the area offers plenty of opportunities for hiking and wildlife spotting.

  • Activities: Swimming, hiking, and wildlife watching.


  • Description: Often referred to as the "Grand Canyon of the East," Gulf Hagas offers dramatic gorges and waterfalls. The swimming holes here are set amidst stunning rock formations and rushing waters, making for an adventurous swimming experience.

  • Activities: Swimming, hiking, and exploring waterfalls.


5.) Coos Canyon, Byron

  • Description: This popular spot on the Swift River features beautiful rock formations and a series of small waterfalls and pools. It's a great place for swimming and picnicking, with plenty of natural beauty to enjoy.

  • Activities: Swimming, picnicking, and gold panning.


6.) Ledge Falls Pool, Medway

  • Description: Located in Baxter State Park, Ledge Falls Pool offers a natural waterslide into a refreshing pool. It's a favorite among families and adventurers looking for a fun and unique swimming experience.

  • Activities: Swimming, picnicking, and exploring Baxter State Park.


7.) Green Island Quarry, Stonington

  • Description: This abandoned granite quarry has filled with water to become a stunning swimming hole. The deep, clear water and smooth granite ledges make it a perfect place for a refreshing swim.

  • Activities: Swimming, sunbathing, and cliff jumping.


8.) Emerald Pool, Chatham

  • Description: Just over the border in New Hampshire, Emerald Pool is well worth the short trip from Maine. The pool gets its name from the vibrant green hue of its water, which is surrounded by picturesque forest.

  • Activities: Swimming, hiking, and relaxing.


9.) Babb’s Bridge, Gorham

  • Description: This historic covered bridge spans the Presumpscot River, providing a scenic spot for a swim. The river here is calm and shallow, making it a great spot for families and those looking to cool off in a tranquil setting.

  • Activities: Swimming, fishing, and picnicking.


10.) Frenchman’s Hole, Newry

  • Description: A favorite among locals and visitors alike, Frenchman’s Hole features a beautiful waterfall that cascades into a deep, clear pool. The surrounding rocks are perfect for sunbathing and diving.

  • Activities: Swimming, diving, and relaxing.


No matter which swimming hole you choose, you're sure to have a fantastic time exploring the natural beauty of Maine. So grab your swimsuit, pack a picnic, and head out to one of these incredible spots for a day of fun and relaxation.


Tips for a Great Swimming Experience

  • Safety First: Always supervise children and weak swimmers. Be mindful of changing weather conditions and water temperatures.

  • Respect Nature: Follow Leave No Trace principles by cleaning up after yourself and respecting wildlife.

  • Be Prepared: Bring sunscreen, water, snacks, and any other essentials for a comfortable and enjoyable outing.


What to Do in Moosehead Lake

For those seeking more activities and detailed guides, Moose River Lookout offers a wealth of information about the Moosehead Lake area. From seasonal events and community news to outdoor adventure guides and dining recommendations, Moose River Lookout is your new resource for exploring the region. In addition to hiking, you can find information on boating, fishing, camping, and local attractions.

Want more information checkout our Moosehead News!


Where to Stay

Enhance your adventures with a comfortable stay at our Moosehead Lake cabins, located amidst the natural beauty of Maine's Highlands. Whether you're exploring Monson, Shirley, Greenville, Rockwood, or Jackman, our accommodations offer the perfect Moose River cabin retreat after a day of thrilling activities.

So, whether you're seeking solitude in the wilderness or simply yearning for a change of pace, consider embracing the Maine Highlands and you'll find hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

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