Top Summer Swimming Holes Near Shrewsbury, MA

by Maribeth Lynch

Swimming Holes in Massachusetts

When the weather turns warm in Worcester County, it’s to the nearest pool we go! But I thought we’d put a different spin on your favorite summer activity by sharing the Top Swimming Holes that are within driving distance. Take a weekend road trip to visit some of these beautiful, natural swimming destinations right here in New England!

If you are planning a summer vacation or are simply ready for a long weekend trip, here are a few places to spend a hot summer day:

Bellevue Falls
Just two hours from Shrewsbury, here you can find a waterfall with one large pool beneath it. Access to Bellevue Falls is easy and the public is free to enjoy it!

Houghton’s Pond
Located in Milton, just one hour from Shrewsbury, Houghton’s Pond has become a popular cool-off destination for summer travelers. This 24-acre pond is monitored by lifeguards so you can rest easy knowing the family is safe!

Chapel Brook Falls
Located below a cascading waterfall, several small pools that have formed are the perfect spot to enjoy a summer afternoon. Hike through nearby Pony Mountain or just go for a quick dip and take in the beautiful Berkshires landscape.

Chebacco Lake
The previous few swimming holes may be popular spots in the summer, but Chebacco Lake in Essex is still a fairly kept secret. This 209-acre lake is also known for great fishing and nearby beaches like Crane Beach and Kettle Cove.

Walden Pond State Reserve
Henry David Thoreau wrote about this spot for a reason! Walden Pond is a 102-foot-deep kettle hole nestled beneath sprawling trees. The park only lets in 1000 people at a time, so choose your trip and weekend wisely!

Arlington Reservoir
This popular swimming hole in Arlington, Massachusetts began as a man-made reservoir before a separate swimming area was constructed in the 1980’s. The water is well cared for and filtered which can be hard to come by!

As your local Worcester County real estate expert, I’m happy to share recommendations for enjoying Shrewsbury, Westborough, Hopkinson, Boylston and the surrounding areas. Do not hesitate to contact me this summer with any questions you have about the buying process or selling your current home!

Here’s to a great summer!

Maribeth McCauley Lynch
THRIVE Real Estate Specialists
Direct: (508) 641-9323

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