Tennessee summers are made for exploring the Great Smoky Mountains and finding new trails to get your adventure on. There are plenty of creeks, lakes, and waterfalls you can find to cool down in on a hot and humid day, even if it's just for a few hours. What some might not know is that there are a number of crystal clear pools on some hiking trails that will rock your world. All you need is a bathing suit, maybe a few friends, and some sunscreen before you take a dive into one of these swimming holes in Tennessee.
Not only are these spots absolute natural beauties, but they're also all free. These six swimming holes and waterfall spots might just deserve to be on your summer bucket list for an eventful new season of life in stunning shimmering waters.
This list only scratches the surface of all the beautiful swimming spots available across the state, but it will serve as the perfect starting point for inspiring some swimming hole adventures this summer.
Pro-tip: You won't want to forget your phone or camera. All of these spots will seriously sweeten up that Insta-feed with gorgeous nature shots.
The North Chick Blue Hole
Address: 354 Montlake Rd., Soddy-Daisy, TN
Why You Need To Go: Just about 20 minutes from Chattanooga, North Chickamauga Creek runs down, creating a gorge that has beautiful blue swimming holes.
Stillhouse Hollow Falls
Address: Stillhouse Hollow Falls State Natural Area, TN
Why You Need To Go: This natural area encompasses about 90-acres and is home to this 75-foot waterfall with a clear and cool natural swimming pool. Parking is extremely limited here and can get busy on the weekends.
Address: 498 Foster Rd., Sequatchie, TN
Fall Creek Falls
Address: 2009 Village Camp Rd., Spencer, TN
Fort Dickerson Park Quarry
Address: 550 Augusta Ave., Knoxville, TN
Why You Need To Go: With beautiful blue-hued waters and pretty shorelines, many people like to kayak or paddleboard here as well.
Address: 14563 TN-1, Rockwood, TN
Having fun on the cheap is the ultimate key to the perfect summer adventure. Happy dipping!
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.