Beat the heat with these fun-filled swimming holes in North Alabama

Who doesn’t love a good swimming hole?  Don’t let Alabama heat get you down and out. Load up the car with your friends, pack a picnic, and seek refuge in some of the most beautiful swimming holes beyond our backyards.

1. Spring Valley Beach Water Park

Family owned and operated, and fun for the whole family! Conveniently located in Blountsville, Al, Spring Valley Beach Waterpark has continued to be one of the premier travel destinations in the South.

Children 2 & under- free with parent
Children up to 4ft tall- $21 (tax included)
Over 4ft & Adults- $26 (tax included)
Age 62 & Over- $21 (tax included)

Season Passes:
Single pass- $75.00 + tax (must be at least 15 years old to be on a single pass)
Family pass- $64 + tax per each person in the family.

Address: 2340 Co. Hwy 55 Blountsville, AL 35031

2. Hippie Hole 

Marth’s Falls, also known as “Hippie Hole” is a popular swimming area at Little River Canyon National Preserve.

  • Parking is available off Highway 35, near Road 861.
  • There are no picnic tables available in this area.
  • Pets are welcome as long as they are on a six-foot leash at all times.
  • Please be prepared to carry out all of your trash.
  • Alcohol is not allowed in the park.

Address: AL-35, Fort Payne, AL 35967

3. Flint River

A perfect place to take the family is the concrete steps called Cherokee Landing within Hayes Nature Preserve.

Address: Big Cove Creek Greenway and Old Hwy 431, Owens Cross Roads

4. Dismals Canyon

Photo Credit: Melea Hames

Dismals Canyon is a Nature Retreat – located in Northwest Alabama. This swimming hole features two swimming holes, one with man-made docks at the top of the canyon and another beneath Rainbow Falls at the bottom of the canyon.

Address: 901 Highway 8, Phil Campbell, Alabama

5. Trail to Lower Two-Mile

Lower Two-Mile is another little-known swimming area in Little River Canyon Nature Preserve. This one is for the adventurous folks. It does require about a half- hour hike, but the reward is worth it.


6. Abbie Creek Park

One can swim at the foot of the boat ramp where there is little current.

7. Old Red Mill

 Swimming and jumping place near old mill in the creek. DO NOT SWIM HERE IF WATER FLOW IS HIGH.


8. Walls of Jericho

The hike is about 3.5 miles each way and is strenuous. There is a clear, green pool at the bottom for swimming.


9. Sipsy River Area

It has numerous popular swimming holes in the Sipsey Wilderness Area. Places to jump from large boulders into the river. ALWAYS CHECK SAFETY FIRST! 

10. Kinlock Falls 

Swimming places and sliding possibilities at multi-level. There is also a picnic area!