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This Summer, Dive Into One of America's Best Swimming Holes

Kirstin Fawcett
Travel Channel
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Beach vacations are fun, but there's a nostalgic, all-American allure about whiling away a dog day afternoon at a hidden swimming hole. This summer, perfect your belly-flop at one of the nation's top 10 springs, pools, waterfalls, and quarries, as ranked by the Travel Channel. These watery spots will be featured in a new series, Top Secret Swimming Holes, which premieres Sunday, June 19 at 10 p.m. Check out the list below to see if any of your local favorites made the cut!

BINGHAM FALLS // STOWE, VERMONT


Doug Kerr, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

ENDERS FALLS // GRANBY, CONNECTICUT

Courtesy of the Travel Channel

GINNIE SPRINGS // HIGH SPRINGS, FLORIDA

Wikipedia // CC BY-SA 4.0

LITTLE RIVER FALLS // FORT PAYNE, ALABAMA 

EvangelioGonzalezFlickr // CC BY NC-ND 2.0

MCKINNEY FALLS // AUSTIN, TEXAS


Larry D. Moore, Wikipedia // CC BY-SA 3.0

OPAL POOL // SPRINGFIELD, OREGON

Courtesy of the Travel Channel

QUARRY PARK // WAITE PARK, MINNESOTA

Courtesy of the Travel Channel

SEVEN TEACUPS // TULARE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

Courtesy of the Travel Channel

SLIDE ROCK // SEDONA, ARIZONA

Courtesy of the Travel Channel

WAIOKA POND // MAUI, HAWAII

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