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The waters of Settles Bridge Park are beautiful but perpetually chilly.
The waters of Settles Bridge Park are beautiful but perpetually chilly.
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Metro Atlanta’s best swimming holes, mapped

When Atlanta sizzles in the summer, there’s no better place to cool off than one of these refreshing bodies of water

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The waters of Settles Bridge Park are beautiful but perpetually chilly.
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As the temperature rises meteorically around Atlanta, residents look for ways to cool off. Thankfully, Mother Nature has provided several spots where it’s easy to do just that.

Many good ol’ swimming-hole options revolve around the Chattahoochee River, but area lakes offer refreshing alternatives, too.

Find one near you, grab your sunscreen, and prepare for a fun day in the sun.

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1. Pine Lake

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462 Clubhouse Dr
Pine Lake, GA 30072

In the DeKalb County city of Pine Lake, the community opens a beach on the neighborhood lake for swimming. However, swimming is limited to the beach and within the roped-off areas. There is designated swimming outside the ropes for adults ages 18 and older, but a signed waiver is required to venture out there. 

2. Diving Rock on the Chattahoochee River

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Whitewater Creek Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30327

Located within the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, this enormous granite formation overlooking the water draws the attention of all ages looking for a fun way to beat the heat. While the water here is approximately 15 feet deep, swimmers should take care when jumping in. Do not dive, and be prepared to touch the bottom. 

3. Settles Bridge Park

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380 Johnson Rd
Suwanee, GA 30024

Covering 268 acres in Suwanne, this park includes a playground, pavilions, trails, and basketball courts, but the big draw is the bridge crossing over the Chattahoochee River. The (always chilly) water under the bridge also is a hit, attracting swimmers of all ages when the heat is on. 

As with any swimming hole on the ’hooch, it’s wise to be mindful of releases at Buford Dam upstream, which can sweep swimmers away. Call 770-945-1466, or toll free at 1-855-DAM-FLOW (1-855-326-3569), for the Buford Dam water release schedule.

4. Sope Creek Trail

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Sope Creek Trail
Marietta, GA 30067

Located approximately 15 minutes from downtown Marietta, the Sope Creek Trail takes hikers to a section of the Chattahoochee River that’s perfect for wading. Along the way to the water, take time to check out the Civil War-era paper mill ruins residing next to the creek. 

5. Vickery Creek at Roswell Mill

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85 Mill St
Roswell, GA 30075

Yet another option in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, this trail can be challenging for some, but it’s worth it when you reach the waterfall. (Alternately, take the easy paved path to the swimming hole). While many locals do swim in the water adjacent to the falls, swimming under or directly in front of the waterfall is not permitted. 

6. Jones Bridge Park 

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4901 E Jones Bridge Rd
Norcross, GA 30092

Just north of Atlanta, this 30-acre park offers pavilions, a playground, fishing, hiking, and, yes, swimming. In fact, there’s a built-in staircase leading down to the water, making it easily accessible to wade and swim. Also find a lot of rock outcroppings where swimmers can take a break in the water or work on their tans. 

7. The Beach at Clayton International Park

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1285 Government Cir
Jonesboro, GA 30236

Okay, so it might be closed for the 2018 season for the construction of upgrades, but for future reference, The Beach at Clayton County’s International Park is a blast. Around its spring-fed, 6-acre lake find sandy beaches, impressive slides, a splashy adventure land for the kiddos, and volleyball courts where Olympians competed in 1996.

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1. Pine Lake

462 Clubhouse Dr, Pine Lake, GA 30072

In the DeKalb County city of Pine Lake, the community opens a beach on the neighborhood lake for swimming. However, swimming is limited to the beach and within the roped-off areas. There is designated swimming outside the ropes for adults ages 18 and older, but a signed waiver is required to venture out there. 

462 Clubhouse Dr
Pine Lake, GA 30072

2. Diving Rock on the Chattahoochee River

Whitewater Creek Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30327

Located within the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, this enormous granite formation overlooking the water draws the attention of all ages looking for a fun way to beat the heat. While the water here is approximately 15 feet deep, swimmers should take care when jumping in. Do not dive, and be prepared to touch the bottom. 

Whitewater Creek Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30327

3. Settles Bridge Park

380 Johnson Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024

Covering 268 acres in Suwanne, this park includes a playground, pavilions, trails, and basketball courts, but the big draw is the bridge crossing over the Chattahoochee River. The (always chilly) water under the bridge also is a hit, attracting swimmers of all ages when the heat is on. 

As with any swimming hole on the ’hooch, it’s wise to be mindful of releases at Buford Dam upstream, which can sweep swimmers away. Call 770-945-1466, or toll free at 1-855-DAM-FLOW (1-855-326-3569), for the Buford Dam water release schedule.

380 Johnson Rd
Suwanee, GA 30024

4. Sope Creek Trail

Sope Creek Trail, Marietta, GA 30067

Located approximately 15 minutes from downtown Marietta, the Sope Creek Trail takes hikers to a section of the Chattahoochee River that’s perfect for wading. Along the way to the water, take time to check out the Civil War-era paper mill ruins residing next to the creek. 

Sope Creek Trail
Marietta, GA 30067

5. Vickery Creek at Roswell Mill

85 Mill St, Roswell, GA 30075

Yet another option in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, this trail can be challenging for some, but it’s worth it when you reach the waterfall. (Alternately, take the easy paved path to the swimming hole). While many locals do swim in the water adjacent to the falls, swimming under or directly in front of the waterfall is not permitted. 

85 Mill St
Roswell, GA 30075

6. Jones Bridge Park 

4901 E Jones Bridge Rd, Norcross, GA 30092

Just north of Atlanta, this 30-acre park offers pavilions, a playground, fishing, hiking, and, yes, swimming. In fact, there’s a built-in staircase leading down to the water, making it easily accessible to wade and swim. Also find a lot of rock outcroppings where swimmers can take a break in the water or work on their tans. 

4901 E Jones Bridge Rd
Norcross, GA 30092

7. The Beach at Clayton International Park

1285 Government Cir, Jonesboro, GA 30236

Okay, so it might be closed for the 2018 season for the construction of upgrades, but for future reference, The Beach at Clayton County’s International Park is a blast. Around its spring-fed, 6-acre lake find sandy beaches, impressive slides, a splashy adventure land for the kiddos, and volleyball courts where Olympians competed in 1996.

1285 Government Cir
Jonesboro, GA 30236