Take a Dip: A Guide to Southern VT Swimming Holes

You may think Vermont summers are mild, but don’t be fooled — once June rolls around, it can get pretty hot here in the Green Mountains. Luckily, Brattleboro has the fortune of not one, but two rivers, offering many a scenic spot for you to beat the heat. Grab your bathing suit, and get ready to make a splash at one of these southern VT swimming holes.

The Cornfield is a popular southern VT swimming hole.
Photo: Rebecca Siegel / Flickr CC BY 2.0.

1. THE CORNFIELD (BRATTLEBORO, VT)

Scenic mountain views, lush trees, and privacy from residential homes make The Cornfield one of Brattleboro’s most popular swimming holes. This spot on the West River is located just five minutes north of the Latchis, behind several professional buildings off Route 30.

2. UPPER WEST RIVER (WEST DUMMERSTON, VT)

If you travel just a bit further north on the West River, you’ll encounter some lesser-known southern VT swimming holes. Stroll down the gravel beach and get a enjoy a view of the ever-charming Town Lattice covered bridge. A bit further up the river, you’ll encounter a giant rock and another deep swimming hole.

3. HARRIMAN RESERVOIR / THE LEDGES (WILMINGTON, VT)

If you happen to be out and about in the wild west (as in, paying a visit to Mount Snow or the Molly Stark Trail), make a stop at the Harriman Reservoir. The reservoir is the largest body of water located entirely with the state of Vermont, stretching about 10 miles from Wilmington to Whitingham. The most popular swimming area here is The Ledges, which offers sandy beaches and leap-able cliffs alike.

4. STICKNEY BROOK (DUMMERSTON, VT)

Southern VT swimming holes are perfect for summer exploring.
Photo: Brian Flanagan / Flickr CC BY 2.0.

In the mood to explore? Take a hike alongside the Stickney Brook in Dummerston and hunt for deep pools in the brook where you can dip your feet. Large, flat islands in the stream make ideal spots to enjoy a picnic while taking in Vermont’s natural beauty.

5. INDIAN LOVE CALL (NEWFANE, VT)

With sandy beaches on one side and a jumping rock on the other, it’s easy to fall in love with the Indian Love Call swimming hole, located on the Rock River just off Route 30. Serene beauty and spacious sands make this swimming hole well worth the short drive.

6. TIMBER CRIB DAM (GUILFORD, VT)

About 20 minutes southwest of downtown Brattleboro, you’ll find the Timber Creek Dam, a National Historic Site with two designated swimming areas. Here, you’ll be able to swim right under one of the most Vermont-y sights of all: the Green River Covered Bridge.

The Green River Covered Bridge at the Timber Crib Dam in southern VT.
The Green River Covered Bridge at the Timber Crib Dam. Photo: Brent Soderberg / Flickr CC BY 2.0.

Taking a dip in Vermont’s rivers, brooks, and reservoirs is about as refreshing as that fresh mountain air. We’ve only skimmed the surface of southern Vermont swimming holes, so take some time to explore on your own! Drive along any river or stream and look for cars parked on the side of the road — it’s a surefire way to know you’ve come across a stellar swimming area.

Keep close to Brattleboro area swimming holes by making a reservation here at the Latchis Hotel — we’ll be your resident guides to the most splash-tacular spots in southern Vermont.