Why Bristol Falls Swimming Hole Needs to be on Your Must List

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Summer Perfection at Bristol Falls Swimming Hole

What’s your favorite swimming hole in Vermont? Bristol Falls swimming hole is at the top of my list.

I grew up swimming in ponds and brooks, and spent my teenage years jumping off marble rocks at the Dorset Quarry. While I enjoy swimming in the ocean and lakes, I feel more connected to nature when I’m splashing around a good old-fashioned swimming hole.

One of the most beautiful places to swim in Vermont is Bristol Falls.  Located along the New Haven River off Lincoln Road, Bristol Falls is a dramatic, 15-foot waterfall surrounded by rocks that drops into a deep, misty pool.

While the falls are perfect for adventure-seekers, there are some quiet spots nearby along the river – including Circle Current – for those of us who like to take it slow.

Now that summer is here, I’m ready to take a dip.

**If You Go: Bristol Falls swimming hole (also known as Bartlett Falls) is located on Lincoln Road, just off Route 116 in Bristol. Parking for Bristol Falls is on the right. Parking for Circle Current is up the road on the right, just past parking for the falls.

For details on Vermont swimming holes, visit www.swimmingholes.org.

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  • Scott
    Posted at 10:25h, 20 June Reply

    Sounds like a lot of fun! I’ve never done that. Is it a type of thing where you just show up and jump in?

    • Erica
      Posted at 12:47h, 20 June Reply

      Hi Scott – yes, just show up and jump in! A nice way to experience the outdoors, for sure. Have a great weekend!

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    Posted at 21:25h, 09 July Reply

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