The Baltimore Area's Best Swimming Holes

Take a dip and cool off at these local swimming spots.

Ron Cassie - May 2017

The Baltimore Area's Best Swimming Holes

Take a dip and cool off at these local swimming spots.

Ron Cassie - May 2017

-Courtesy of Beaver Dam Swimming Club

Beaver Dam Swimming Club Nestled on a 30-acre complex, this freshwater quarry is not to be missed by rope-swing aficionados. 10820 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville

Cascade Lake Only 15 miles due north of Owings Mills, this 6-acre lake sits amid 70 acres of rolling hills and trees and remains one of the area’s best-kept secrets. 2844 Snydersburg Road, Hampstead

Hammerman Beach (Gunpowder Falls State Park) Open year-round for daytime use inside Gunpowder Falls State Park, this area includes 1,500 feet of beach for swimming on the banks of the Gunpowder. 7200 Graces Quarters Road, Middle River


⇓ Article continues below ⇓

Hart-Miller Island State Park This 1,110-acre island is located in Baltimore County where the Middle River meets the Chesapeake Bay. Mouth of the Middle River

North Point State Park North Point features numerous beautiful views of the Chesapeake Bay and includes a waterfront that is open to swimmers and waders. 8400 North Point Road, Edgemere

Patapsco Valley State Park There are many reasons to visit the gem of Central Maryland, including hiking, mountain biking, camping, bird watching, and picnicking. But swimming—or more accurately, dipping—in the cool waters of the Patapsco River sometimes gets forgotten. 8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City

Rocky Point Beach The 375-acre park sits at the mouth of the Back and Middle rivers and is open year-round for fishing, boating, and picnicking from sunrise to sunset—and for swimming at the beach from Memorial Day to Labor Day, when lifeguards are on duty. 2200 Rocky Point Road, Essex





You May Also Like



The Chatter

Scott Plank’s New Swim Club in Canton is Open for Business

War Horse Cities transforms the members-only club to a nightlife destination.

Arts & Culture

Summer Concert Guide

From local bands to national names, here are 30 sunset shows you can’t miss.


Home & Living

Making a Splash

Preserving the character of a historic Bay Ridge home that’s now perfect for gatherings.

Food & Drink

A Day in Annapolis

Just a stone’s throw from Baltimore, our state capital is a great day trip getaway for everything.

On The Town

Merritt Clubs Participates in the World’s Largest Swim Lesson

On June 21, these Baltimore-area gyms will teach water safety to 500 people.

-Courtesy of Beaver Dam Swimming Club

Connect With Us

Most Read


What Art Installations Not to Miss at Artscape 2018: Visual artists add their magic to the festivities with interactive pieces.

Food Inspection Discussion Ramps Up Following Viral Rat Videos: Community weighs in on procedures to prevent future infestations.

Under Armour’s New YouTube Series Highlights Baltimore’s Basketball Scene: The four-episode series follows the culture within the city courts.

Sagamore Spirit Releases Cognac Finish to Benefit Ellicott City Flood Relief: Distillery teams up with Ellicott City Partnership to host fundraiser this weekend.

Are Two Flaccos Better Than One?: Joe Flacco's brother, Tom, transfers to Towson University.