Best of the Hudson Valley Swimming Holes and Beaches

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

Because of the changing rules and regs, we suggest visiting each location's website and giving them a call to see if you can visit and use their facilities. We update these lists frequently but find it difficult to keep up with things that are going on.

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. Copake is part of Taconic State Park and located along 16 miles of the Taconic Mountain Range, sharing a border with Massachusetts and Connecticut. Two developed areas, Copake Falls and Rudd Pond, offer an extensive trail system with terrain that varies from easy to challenging, offering spectacular views. Other activities include fishing, hiking and camping. Amenities: showers, toilets, lockers and wading pool.

Lake Wilcox. 1639 Rte. 199 Stanfordville. 845-758-6100. The are anticipating being open. Check their website. 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. Email them at for updated information. Swimming, kayaking and canoeing from dawn to dusk.


Beacon River Pool. Red Flynn Drive, Beacon. 845-784-1790. Opens from July til late August. 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. Open only to local residents. May be opening July 1st. 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. Open playground, Tennis for members, Dog park membership required. No swimming.

Stony Creek Falls. Outside of Tivoli. 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. Information from DC Tourism: to get here, from Red Hook, continue north of Route 9 (past Kerley Corners Road) and continue to Clermont. In Clermont, turn east (right) on Buckwheat Road and go about 1 mile to the bridge over Jansen Kill.

swimming child


Central Valley Pond. (Closed for summer 2020) 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. (Open June 27 for swimming) Beach with lifeguard open Memorial- Labor Day, 8-dusk. Admission fee.

Earl Reservoir. Coach Wilson Tr., Highland Mills. (Open for swimming June 20) 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. (Open) 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. (Open) Swimming, picnic area, volleyball, swings and restrooms. Day/ seasonal rates. 

West End Beach. Ferry St., Port Jervis. (Open for swimming July 2) Free swimming beach with lifeguards. Open 11-7 June- Aug

Ulster County

Beach at Belleayre Mountain. closed (6-1-2020) Highmount. Spend the day swimming or lounging by the lake or enjoy boating, fishing, basketball or volleyball. Fee.

Big Deep. Route 212, Woodstock. See directions on site. 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.

KaaterskillFalls. 27 Kaaterskill Dr., Palenville. Check site for closures. Hike up the falls or cool off a few miles up in Kaaterskill creek.

Kingston Point Beach. Kingston. (no Covid-19 update) 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 State Park. 5281 Route 44-55, Kerhonkson. NYS site says that there will be limited number of people who may use the park. Get there early. 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.

Saugerties Village 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 

*According to Sullivan County Parks and Recreation, the parks are open but many of the activities are not accessible like swimming. 

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, fishing, 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 6/11/2020


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