The days are long and the temperatures are HOT. If you’re looking to cool off this summer, head to the following swimming holes in Maryland. They’re all unique in their own way, and you won’t have to worry about chlorine getting in your eyes. Happy swimming!
1. Greenbrier State Park (Boonsboro)
Arrive early because this spot is known to be busy during peak season. The wait is absolutely worth it though for the lake’s clear water and surrounding scenic views.
2. Deep Creek Lake (McHenry)
Maryland’s largest lake also has several spots that are perfect for swimming. Bring a friend and make a day of it.
3. Lake Habeeb (Flintstone)
Located at Rocky Gap State Park, this beachy swimming spot offers mountain views while you splash around. The water can sometimes appear brilliantly blue from the reflections of the sky.
4. Cunningham Falls State Park (Thurmont)
Many know this spot for its cascading waterfall and hiking opportunities. But there is also a lake beach for those looking to cool off during hot summer days.
5. Sandy Point State Park (Annapolis)
This state park has an amazing view of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The summer season can be a bit busy here so plan accordingly.
6. Kilgore Falls (Pylesville)
Stand underneath a waterfall at this scenic spot. And as always, leave no trace behind to keep this natural wonder picturesque.
7. Cascade Lake (Hampstead)
Cascade Lake has fun platforms and a waterslide to keep your experience exciting. Bring the kids!
8. Elk Neck State Park (North East)
This beautiful park has a lighthouse and hiking spots, but less people know about the lake beach. Dip your toes in the water for a relaxing day.
9. Gunpowder Falls State Park (Middle River)
This sprawling park has an abundance of areas, including the pictured Hammerman area. Head here for a beach-like swimming experience.
10. Terrapin Beach Park (Stevensville)
This spot is located on Kent Island and has a great view of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. It’s a bit quieter here, which is perfect if you’re looking to escape the crowds.