Swimming Holes Near Killington
Enjoy the perfect day at these amazing swimming holes. Or spend a week enjoying one every day. From crystal clear water, to waterfalls, cliff jumps, and natural lazy rivers, we can't get enough.
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Listed by distance from the Red Clover Inn
Marble Street Quarry (13 miles, 23 minutes)
Swim in an abandoned marble quarry. This is a large, flooded quarry with a gravel entrance at one end and a steep cut at the other. On the west side of the quarry, there is a set of wooden steps that allows for access to and exiting from the water. Directions: Take route 4 Business west from Rutland to West Rutland. Turn right at the Town Hall onto Marble St. Follow Marble St. for approximately 2.5 miles (it will turn to dirt just outside town), passing the Rutland Marsh natural area along the way. Look for a small pull off the right blocked by large stones. Park here and walk straight back to the quarry. Google Maps
Clarendon Gorge (13 miles, 24 minutes)
Popular local swimming hole with high cliffs and a deep pool with a rope swing. Quieter, more isolated swimming places can be reached by walking along the road along the river. Directions: Take route 4 west to route 7 south. After passing the intersection for RT 103 (Rutland Airport), take your next left onto RT 7B. The road immediately forks here; left is RT 7B, straight is River Road. The parking area will be on the right near the large concrete blocks. Google Maps
Tubing on the White River (15 miles, 20 minutes)
The next several swimming holes (White River I, The Tower, White River II, and Twin Bridges) can also be enjoyed as hang out spots on a White River tube ride. Bring your own, or rent from Vermont River Tubing. Directions: 902 Route 100, Stockbridge, 802-746-8106. Google Maps
White River I (19 miles, 25 minutes)
This is a nice swimming hole beneath the bridge, where Blackmer Rd. crosses the White River. Directions: Take RT 107 toward Gaysville. In about 3 miles, take a sharp left onto Blackmer Rd. (this road goes to Stockbridge). This is also a “put-in” place for tubing to the “Twin Bridges” in Gaysville. Google Maps
The Tower (20 miles, 27 minutes)
The Tower is located just upstream from the Twin Bridges swimming hole, yet has a very different feel to it. Here, the White River makes a large, sweeping right hand turn and runs up against an east-facing, rocky bluff. There are lots of rocks for jumping and one extremely high rock (~50 feet high) known as “The Tower” that some use as a launching point. Above the bluff are dense woods where the sun finds it hard to penetrate the tree canopy, keeping you cool even on a warm day. The opposite bank from the bluff has clay-like mud that some folks use to take a mud bath. Note that it is challenging to walk into the river from the bank, and you will have to climb up the bank to get out of the water.
Directions: Take Hwy 4 east 5 miles to Route 100 N. Go 10 miles then veer right to Route 107 east for 3.6 miles from the junction of Routes 100 and 107 in Stockbridge. Turn left onto Bridge Street, cross the steel bridge, and then turn left onto Laury Road. Follow Laury Road approximately 0.5 miles to a dirt road that leads downhill to the left. Follow this dirt road approximately 0.2 miles and look for a path that leads downhill on the left. Follow the path downhill about 0.2 miles to the river. Twin Bridges swimming hole is just downstream from here. Google Maps
White River II (21 miles, 29 minutes)
There are several more swimming holes further down the White River. Directions: Continue east on RT 107, turn right to keep on RT 107 in Bethel. Continue on RT 107 past I-89 to RT 14 at North Royalton. Go south (right turn) on RT 14 through South Royalton. Between South Royalton and Sharon, RT 14 parallels the White River with several great spots to swim. Google Maps
Twin Bridges (21 miles, 27 minutes)
Big, open, and utterly inviting, the swimming hole known as Twin Bridges is the heart of the White River. The fast water upstream empties into a wide pool at the base of an enormous, sloping cliff. The swimming area is about 100 yards long. The pool is 10 to 12 feet deep. At most swimming holes, there’s a definite distinction at the riverbank between what’s above the water and what’s below. Here though, the smooth rock of the cliff presents itself as a continuum through the surface of the water down to the riverbed. Exiting the pool beneath the steel bridge, the current once again picks up its pace. The stony shoal opposite the cliff is ideal for setting up a chair and relaxing. Survey the area from the bridge and you’ll get a good sense of the space.
Directions: Take Hwy 4 east 5 miles to Route 100 N. Go 10 miles then veer right to Route 107 east for 3.6 miles from the junction of Routes 100 and 107 in Stockbridge. Turn left onto Bridge Street. Swimming is below the steel bridge next to the post office. The Tower swimming hole is just upstream. Google Maps
Falls of Lana (26 miles, 38 minutes)
In the town of Salisbury, just south of Middlebury, the Falls of Lana is a sequence of several waterfalls in a rugged, scenic gorge along sucker Brook between of Mount Moosamaloo and Lake Dunmore. The Falls of Lana are difficult to find, difficult to access, and the swimming hole under the main falls is rather small. But don’t let this discourage you from visiting this very unique and special place. It may take you several attempts to get to the swimming area at the base of the uppermost falls, but it’s well worth the effort. There is no obvious path down to the main swimming area and it will require a bit of bushwhacking across areas of very loose footing to get down the hill. The best approach is actually a zigzag path that, at one point, leads you away from the falls. The multi-tiered falls are beautiful. The main pool faces west, making this a perfect place for a late afternoon swim.
Directions: Follow Hwy 4 west 2 miles, then take a right on Park Lane, which turns into Post Road. Go 2 miles, then take right onto Route 7 north for 11 miles. Take a right onto McConnell Rd. Drive 3 miles, then right onto VT-73 east. Go 0.5 miles and turn left onto Route 53. Go 5.6 miles to Kelsey Lane. There is hikers parking area on the right. Follow the rocky trail uphill along the large black water pipe to a woods road, go left for 50 feet, and plunge left into the woods making your way down to the falls. Google Maps
Buttermilk Falls (27 miles, 36 minutes)
Outstanding scenic area and water play site! At least 3 falls, with chutes and pools galore. Walk between falls. Very large, deep pools at bottom of two of these falls. Directions: Follow 100 South 14 miles. Turn Right Onto VT-103. Take first right onto Buttermilk Falls Road. Follow 1.4 miles and the swimming hole will be on your right. Google Maps.
Once at Clarendon Gorge, you can get to Devil’s Gorge: The safest way to reach the Devil’s Gorge is to hike and swim upstream from the Clarendon Gorge swimming area described above. It is a reasonably long trek to the falls at the top of the gorge, but you’ll be rewarded by one of the most interesting swimming holes in VT. The Devil’s Gorge is a very narrow, dark channel that leads upstream to a uniquely shaped boulder. The channel continues upstream for about another 100 feet past this rock.
Queechee Gorge (33 miles, 45 minutes)
Located within Quechee Gorge State Park, this swimming hole offers visitors easy, ample parking, a restroom at the visitor’s center, a fun hike, and a large swimming area at the bottom of the gorge. Quechee gorge is a beautiful 165-foot canyon, with a great swimming hole at the north end. The water is clear and cold and fun to swim in. Swim or hike upstream to find rocks to jump off. Then enjoy a swift ride downstream with the current. Make sure to hike around the beautiful park, and take in remarkable views from the bridge and dam.
Directions: Take Route 4 East 33 miles to signs for Quechee Gorge State Park. Park in the large, paved parking areas and follow the path under the bridge and down the hill to the large swimming area in the river. Google Maps
Warren Falls (42 miles, 57 minutes)
There are many fine swimming holes closer the Red Clover and many more throughout the state. However, if you were to visit only one swimming hole in all of Vermont, make sure you visit Warren Falls. With its multiple waterfalls, deep pools, natural waterslide and remarkable rock formations, Warren Falls is the blueprint for all other swimming holes. This spectacular gorge is positively breathtaking. There are four distinct waterfalls and three different swimming areas at Warren Falls. The first waterfall is a bit difficult to see until you are looking directly down upon it. As the water exits the upper pool, a prominent rock face splits the river, creating two waterfalls that fill the middle pool. The relatively shallow second pool spills over a wide lip, creating a small waterfall that fills the largest and deepest third pool. Downstream of the last pool, the bottom abruptly rises, creating a wide, shallow shoal that you can walk across. There is so much to see and do at Warren Palls, you can easily spend a full day here. The one thing that you will not find here is seclusion. In a place as splendid and accessible as this, you will nearly always have company.
Directions: Take Highway 4 east 5 miles to Route 100 north 10 miles to a large pullout on the left. Follow the sound of the waterfall to the swimming areas. Google Maps