Swim Whims

Reported by Isabel Hochman | Photography by Bryan Derballa

tire in the hole: (above) This irrestible tire swing is located in the former community swimming hole in Livingston Manor. Sadly, it’s now private property and swimming is no longer allowed. Happily, there are plenty of other options for great swimming spots.

Lake Garfield Beach

78 Tyringham Road
Monterey, MA 01245

Gain access to the public beach—from Tyringham Road. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer season.

Lakeville Lake

(also known as Lake Wononscopomuc)

36 Ethan Allen Street
Lakeville, CT 06039

Water activities abound here—beyond swimming and fishing, you can rent standing paddle boards, kayaks, canoes and row boats. Season stickers or day passes are required for both residents and non-residents. 

Kingston Point Beach

102 Delaware Avenue
Kingston 12401

With beautiful river and Rhinebeck views, this town beach is located right along the Hudson. Bonus: there’s a dog park just across the road.

Copake Falls

253 NY-344
Copake Falls, NY 12517

Located within the Taconic State Park, splash around in the Ore Pit Pond (check ahead to confirm if lifeguards are on duty) or climb to Bash Bish Falls, the highest single-drop waterfall in Massachusetts.

Umpachene Falls

Umpachene Falls Road
Southfield, MA 01259

Officially open only to residents of New Marlborough, this hidden gem’s an incredible spot for hiking and picnicking, as well as swimming.

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