A few of the Best WV Swimming Holes
One thing we’ve always loved to do while out for a long ride is find a cool spot to jump off the bike and take a swim in a good ole swimming hole. Here are a few we’ve found, let us know if there are other cool spots to stop in for a quick cool off or a long soak!
Shupe’s Chute, Holly River State Park
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From Buckhannon, take RT 20 south about 35 miles to Holly River State Park. From the entrance to the Holly River State Park, continue south on RT 20 about 1 mile to Holly River Left Fork Road and turn left. Drive 4.1 miles to road on the right marked with a small sign for Shupes Chute and the Potato Knob Section of the park. Park and walk follow the signs to the Upper Falls about .25 miles further, to Shupe’s Chute. Also if you follow the Potato Knob path downstream even further, you come to Lower Falls, which are very isolated. The water goes over a falls, then along some rocks, then over another smaller falls into a small swimming hole. https://goo.gl/maps/joH8PUUURBo
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From Fayetteville set your odometer and go north on RT 19, over the spectacular New River Bridge, through Hico, over the Meadow River and through Mt. Nebo – all told about 20 miles. https://goo.gl/maps/DA2Eno22Cum
With several great spots, Summerville Lake may be a better option for a weekend! But keep in mind many jumping spots are not for the beginner swimmer and should be approached with caution.
Audra’s Middle Fork River
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From Elkins, go 6 mi west on RT 92 to Norton, continue north on RT 92 about 6 mi to Belington, west on RT 11 about 10 mi to Audra State Park. https://goo.gl/maps/wRK2g38gMV62
South Branch Potomac River
Directions: From the intersection of I-81 and I-66 near Winchester, VA, go W on RT 55 to Petersburg, WV. Follow RT 220 to the SW out of Petersburg for about 18 miles. Cross the bridge at Upper Tract, and turn right onto RT 2 which parallels the river for about 9 miles until it dead ends at Big Bend Campground. Be sure to keep right at the intersection where you see the general store, after which the road turns to gravel. Park in parking area near entrance to campground. Walk north out of parking lot on path along river a short distance to sandy beach on river. https://goo.gl/maps/oRyVZehLfQp
Seneca Rocks Swimming hole
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From Petersburg, take RT 55 southwest to Seneca Rocks, Cave Hole, Turn into the Seneca Rocks Picnic Area and turn left and park in the north most part of the parking lot. The swimming place is easily accessed via this short path. https://goo.gl/maps/PgMD6P6WqTD2