Best of the Hudson Valley Swimming Holes and Beaches

Looking for place to cool off this summer? Let nature be your guide!

Cool down and take the family swimming in the great outdoors! The Hudson Valley has so many beautiful lakes to offer, many of which have been made into private and state parks available for public day use and camping.

Dutchess County 
Copake Falls. Route 344, Copake Falls. 518-329-3993. Roped off area with diving platform and lifeguards. $6 day use. Other activities include fishing, hiking and camping. Amenities: showers, toilets, lockers and wading pool.

Lake Wilcox. 1639 Rte. 199 Stanfordville. 845-758-6100. Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Two lakes offer swimming and paddle boat rentals, fishing and playground. Amenities: Showers, toilets, pavilion rental, playground and snack bar. Lifeguards on duty.

Lakeside Park. 2 Lakeside Dr., Pawling. 845-855-1131. Swimming, kayaking and canoeing from dawn to dusk. Non- residents $10 for individual or $15 for a family.


Beacon River Pool. Red Flynn Drive, Beacon. 845-784-1790. Open Tues.- Sun. 12-6pm. Small, unique pool within the Hudson River. Other activities include park, picnic, playground and only steps away from Riverfront Park.


Red Wing Park. 11 Old Farm Rd., Hopewell Jct. Bathhouse with restrooms and showers, concession, volleyball, basketball and badminton. Playground, fishing, swimming, picnic and pavilion.

Sylvan Lake. Sylvan Lake Rd. Hopewell Jct. Enjoy Swimming, boating or diving with proper permits. Or spend a relaxing day fishing at the lake.

Beekman Rec. 29 Recreation Center Road, Hopewell Junction. 2 picnic tables & a grill on the west side of the beach are reserved for this rental All swimmers must pay to use the lake and must swim from the patron beach.

Stony Creek Falls. 87 ft. spectacular falls. Swimming is above not below the falls. By car, follow 9G north and turn left onto Kidd Lane a minute or two before the Tivoli turnoff. There’s a dirt parking area immediately past the bridge.

Jansen Kill. Route 9, Clermont. Popular family swimming hole in the creek under the bridge.

swimming child


Arrow Park. 1061 Orange Tpk., Monroe. Private lake with row boat rentals and swimming. Fee.

Central Valley Pond. Large paved swimming area with diving boards. Picnic area, changing room and restrooms also available. Open to Woodbury residents with park pass.

Circleville Park Lake. Creamery Rd., off route 302, Circleville. Beach with lifeguard open Memorial- Labor Day, 8-dusk. Admission fee.

Earl Reservoir. Coach Wilson Tr., Highland Mills. A swimming area with sandy beach and diving platform. You can also rent paddle boats and fish.

Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park. Windemere Ave., Greenwood Lake. Picnic areas, a volleyball court, and swimming in the beautiful seven-mile-long Greenwood Lake. $10 or $4 for residents.

Warwick Beach. Windemere Ave., Greenwood Lake. Swimming, picnic area, volleyball, swings and restrooms. Day/ seasonal rates.

West End Beach. Ferry St., Port Jervis. Free swimming beach with lifeguards. Open 11-7 June- Aug.

For more than 250 things to do with kids this summer, click here.

Ulster County

Beach at Belleayre Mountain. Highmount. Spend the day swimming or lounging by the lake or enjoy boating, fishing, basketball or volleyball. Fee.

Big Deep. Route 212, Woodstock. Popular swimming hole in Ulster County. Park and take the trail down to the pool. Jump off the rocks or take your turn on the rope swing.

Kaaterskill Falls. 27 Kaaterskill Dr., Palenville. Hike up the falls or cool off a few miles up in Kaaterskill creek.

KingstonPoint Beach. Kingston. Large sandy area along the river perfect for swimming, sunbathing and play. Amenities include playground, boat launch, volleyball, picnic area and even a museum. Fee.

Little Deep. Zena Rd., Route 30, Woodstock. Family friendly swimming hole (further up the trail clothing is optional!) with rope swing. Places to spread a picnic or soak up the sun.

Minnewaska StatePark. 5281 Route 44-55, Kerhonkson. Enjoy hiking, biking, swimming, scuba diving, rock climbing, boating and simply enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Otter Falls. Route 47, Phoenicia. 30 ft. falls with a large pool below. Only ½ mile from Giant Ledge Parking Area.

SaugertiesVillage Beach. South end of Partition St., Saugerties. Sandy beach with swimming area and dock out in the Esopus Creek. Playground area, fishing area, and restroom facilities. Fees. 10am-6pm. July 1- Sept. 1.

Sawkill Creek. Off Zena Rd., Woodstock. The best way to find swimming holes in Woodstock is to ask the locals! There are a few fun spots right off the road along the Sawkill Creek.

Split Rock. New Paltz. site of the former Enderly Family sawmill is a popular place for picnicking and hiking. You can also jump into the water here or wade in the creek. Parking fee.  

Ulster Landing County Park. 916 Ulster Landing Rd., Saugerties. Boat launch, playground areas, barbecue grills, horseshoe pits, basketball hoops and beach volleyball. There is a large beach area for sunbathing and swimming with lifeguards. Hiking trails and bird watching. FREE.

Vernooy Falls. Kerhonkson. A two mile hike lets you off at “trails end”, a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole surrounded by hemlocks and shrubs within the Catskill Park Preserve.

Washing Machine. Route 44/55 and Route 209, Ellenville. Getting its name from 3 small pools, a small waterfall empties into a deep turbulent pool which empties into a deep swimming/ diving pool as well as more shallow options for kids.

child swimming in the pool

Sullivan County 

Beaverkill Covered Bridge. Campsite Rd., Beaverkill. Swimming hole is public and located under the bridge right before the campground with a beautiful historic covered bridge overhead. Grills and picnic tables and bathrooms nearby.

Hanofee Park. Liberty. Swimming, fishking, tennis, baseball, playground and more at this popular family- friendly town park.

Lake Superior State Park. 342 Dr Duggar Rd., Bethel. A beautiful state park with beaches, boat launches, fishing and picnic areas.

Lew Beach. Route 152, Lew Beach. Swimming, camping and fishing in this tiny fishing town!

 ***EDITED 6/29/18


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