School is ending soon and the days will be LONG and the temperatures will be HOT, and we will all need ways to stay cool. If you’re looking to cool off in the water this summer, head to the following swimming holes in Maryland which all make for fun day trips. They’re all unique in their own way, and you won’t have to worry about chlorine getting in your eyes.
Greenbrier State Park (Boonsboro)
Arrive early because this spot is known to be busy during peak season. The wait is absolutely worth it though for the lake's clear water and surrounding scenic views. You can go swimming in or go canoeing or boating on the 42-acre shimmering lake. Click here for the official website of Greenbrier State Park.
Deep Creek Lake (McHenry)
Maryland's largest lake also has several spots that are perfect for swimming. Bring a friend and make a day of it. The lake is also popular with boaters and kayakers. Click here for the Deep Creek website.
Lake Habeeb (Flintstone)
Located at Rocky Gap State Park, this beachy swimming spot offers mountain views while you splash around. The water can sometimes appear brilliantly blue from the reflections of the sky. It's also a popular spot for fishing. Click here for the official website of Lake Habeeb.
Cunningham Falls State Park (Thurmont)
Many know this spot for its cascading waterfall and hiking opportunities. But there is also a lake beach for those looking to cool off during hot summer days. Take care when you're in the water as there are no lifeguards on duty. Click here for the official website of Cunningham Falls State Park.
Kilgore Falls (Pylesville)
Stand underneath a waterfall at this scenic spot, where you can cool off on the hottest days of summer. And as always, leave no trace behind to keep this natural wonder picturesque. Click here for the official website of Rocks State Park.
Cascade Lake (Hampstead)
Cascade Lake has fun platforms and a waterslide to keep your experience exciting. Bring the kids, who will absolutely love the spray park. When you need a break, grab a bite to eat at Cascade Cafe. Click here for the official website of Cascade Lake.
Elk Neck State Park (North East)
This beautiful park has a lighthouse and hiking spots, but fewer people know about the lake beach. Dip your toes in the water or jump in the cool water for a relaxing day. Click here for the official website of Elk Neck State Park.
Gunpowder Falls State Park (Middle River)
This sprawling park has an abundance of areas, including the pictured Hammerman area. Head here for a beach-like swimming experience. It's also an idyllic spot for a day of tubing. Click here for the official website of Gunpowder Falls State Park.
Terrapin Beach Park (Stevensville)
This spot is located on Kent Island and has a great view of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. It's a bit quieter here, which is perfect if you're looking to escape the crowds. In addition to its sandy beaches, the park offers a boardwalk, a picturesque hiking trail, and meadows of wildflowers. Click here to learn more.