Some of my favorite swimming holes . . .
One of my favorite swimming holes when I was a child was Darts Mill, in Readington Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. This was along the South Branch of the Raritan River. I have the look of hurry up and take the picture!
I was surprised to hear that my sister-in-law, Cindy, had gone there with her family as a child. How neat to think we all may have played together. It was always fun to not only splash around, but to go under the bridges where the river ran and to catch minnows.
Rockaway Creek, in Tewksbury Township, Hunterdon County was a local swimming hole that some of our neighbors also went to. The creek had been damned up and it had some nice large rocks to play on. I’m the little one on the right with the “water wings” on.
When I was a little older, I would go to Round Valley Reservoir, in Lebanon, NJ. It was formed in the early 1960s after a series of significant droughts, in a natural valley with Cushetunk Mountain. This photo was from before it officially opened. Later I would bring my own children there. Tuesdays were free then, and also after 6 p.m.
Mountain Lake, in Liberty Township, Warren County was another great place for a swim. In this photo below you can see the beach area with the dock we would swim out to. I was the weakest swimmer of my siblings, but I did manage to get out that far.
Swimming holes never have chlorine added to the water, and are usually free, or just have a nominal fee to get in. They are great places during the hot sultry days of summer. Now we swim for free at the lake we live on in Virginia.
What are some of your favorite swimming holes?
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