Waterfalls You Can Play In

by Kimberly

I would love to visit a waterfall one weekend soon. Seems there are not any waterfalls that you can actually play in, here in the US. Can you name one?

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Jul 06, 2010
by: Anonymous

A few years back I visited Shinglekill and the store was closed and they were not letting people down by the falls because of "insurance purposes". I used to jump from above those falls as kid, "Great times"...

Jul 18, 2009
There are several throughout the U.S.
by: Waterfall Lover

I could come up with tons if I had the time to research but I will tell you of at least two in New York. First there is Buttermilk Falls located in the Ithaca, New York region (also known as the waterfall capital of the world). This is located at a State Park and falls into a pool with a swimming area!

The next is Shinglekill Falls located in the Catskill Mountains of New York. It is privately owned. You enter it through a store and give a donation of even as little as one dollar! Privately owned falls are sometimes the best way to swim and play at waterfalls!

I haven't found anyone that loves waterfalls as much as I do or that has such a knowledge of their locations. Keep in touch and I can get you tons of info when I get the opportunity on my off days!

Jul 13, 2009
There are many...
by: World of Waterfalls

I think it depends on what you mean by "play" in the waterfall. I'm going to assume you mean you can swim in the plunge pool beneath the waterfall.

So based on that definition, I know in Southern California alone, there are several swimming holes beneath waterfalls. We have a book by Pancho Doll called Swimming Holes of California: Day Trips With a Splash, where numerous waterfalls you can "play" in are mentioned.

There are a handful in Hawaii as well though you do have to be mindful of the leptospirosis bacteria. But Kipu Falls in Kaua'i and Waimea Falls in O'ahu come to mind.

Plus there are more in the American Southwest like Lower Calf Creek Falls.

I think you should be able to find more waterfalls in your neck of the woods (I presume Southeastern US) if you look hard enough.

Hope this helps.

Recently (as of August 2010), this topic came up again. See some more waterfalls mentioned at this page.

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