You’ll pass a 20-foot waterfall along the way, but the good swimming is further down where the trail crosses the creek. George Washington surveyed this area when he was young and there are well documented stories that he considered using this well protected … http://gigapan.com/gigapans/126687, Blue Hole, Passage Creek, George Washington National Forest, Virginia. User reviews and campsite photos appear alongside amenities to help you find the best spot. “One of those was swimming … Tubing on the Comal is an Austinite's rite of passage, and is best performed in a big, boozy group. Enjoy three swimming holes in this area along Passage Creek: Blue Hole, Elizabeth Furnace, and Buzzard Rock Hole near the Elizabeth Furnace campgrounds. Shenandoah National Park is full of swimming holes, and Rip Rap is one of the largest. While you are visiting in the area, we invite you to experience a trip on the river with us! 1982 Fairway Dr., Mt Jackson, VA 22842 | 540-856-2121 ext 253. Greater California. Outly - The interactive map for all of your outdoor adventures. http://gigapan.com/gigapans/113759 By: callanbentley Dismal Falls. Activities include swimming, boating, fishing, and a 3-mile hiking trail around the lake. Map marker denotes the "Blue Hole," a superb spot with sunning rocks and deep swimming hole. The Forest Service has the sign pointing both ways to the Devil’s Bathtub, but the mileage is not marked. This site is just north (downstream) of Red Hole: After the first creek crossing, you have the option of going right or left. After the first creek crossing, you have the option of going right or left. These wading holes are not official or supervised and swimming in these natural areas is at one's own risk. The rock here is Silurian-aged Massanutten Sandstone. Image: CB/MAGIC Not only is the water nice, but they also have low and high diving boards! To the right is 7 miles round trip, but with no creek crossings. George Washington surveyed this area when he was young and there are well documented stories that he considered using this well protected … Continue south on RT 678 and park at the SECOND paved parking area on the right (about 2.5 miles from RT 55 or 1.3 miles from RT 619, the fish hatchery road.) While you are visiting in the area, we invite you to experience a trip on the river with us! See our, Read a limited number of articles each month, You consent to the use of cookies and tracking by us and third parties to provide you with personalized ads, Unlimited access to washingtonpost.com on any device, Unlimited access to all Washington Post apps, No on-site advertising or third-party ad tracking. The Buzzard Rock hike is a shorter out and back hike in the Elizabeth Furnace section of the GWNF near Front Royal Virginia. This piece of water is alternately known as Buzzard Rock Hole and, although neither of these monikers is particularly appetizing, this swimming hole is primo. With views of a 40 … See our Privacy Policy and Third Party Partners to learn more about the use of data and your rights. Creative Commons Non Commercial ⧉, Uploaded: 3 Apr 2020 The staff was great and informative. Not far from Elizabeth Furnace and within the George Washington Forest are two notable and frequented swimming or wading holes within Passage Creek, one named Blue Hole and one named Buzzards Rock Hole (or Red Hole). Dog Friendly, Water. This swimming hole is located at the most northern tip of the GWNF, just south of I-66, which makes it easily reachable from the swelter of the city – Washington, D.C. that is. Share. Don’t let the name fool you, a day at Dismal Falls will not be dismal. BUZZARD ROCK HOLE [BUZZ] (Also known as the "Red Hole") This is a great little swimming hole in Passage Creek. But, because they are still part of the moving cycle of water, they tend to stay fresh and cool. Over time, it ceased to function as a gathering spot—yet the concrete structure remained in place, creating a fish passage blockage … A swimmer finds peace in Passage Creek. The staff was great and informative. But, because they are still part of the moving cycle of water, they tend to stay fresh and cool. One of the deepest spots on Passage Creek is yet another “Blue Hole,” a short hike from the recreation area campground. Outly - The interactive map for all of your outdoor adventures. You'll want to park alongside the road slightly upstream, being mindful of no-parking signs. 1982 Fairway Dr., Mt Jackson, VA 22842 | 540-856-2121 ext 253. Recreate responsibly during COVID-19. The rock here is Silurian-aged Massanutten Sandstone. This swimming hole is really bigger than a hole at 20-acres, but what a place they have here. Not a swimming hole per se, but certainly a watery respite from the Central Texas heat. Multiple spots to stop along this Creek in George Washington National Forest. Walk a bit farther to reach Buzzard Rock Hole, just as satisfying and reported to be a tad less busy in the summer. But at its mouth, just before it empties into the Shenandoah, it offers up a beautiful, deep, wide swimming hole with rock cliffs and an Olympic-sized pool that’s perfect for an August day. By clicking “I agree” below, you consent to the use by us and our third-party partners of cookies and data gathered from your use of our platforms. From Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. This content is currently not available in your region. By clicking “I agree” below, you consent to the use by us and our third-party partners of cookies and data gathered from your use of our platforms. An enchanted swimming hole just outside of town, with glittering waterfalls and craggy overhangs. We use cookies and other technologies to customize your experience, perform analytics and deliver personalized advertising on our sites, apps and newsletters and across the Internet based on your interests. The highlight of the trail is the spectacular Devil’s Bathtub, a naturally smooth swimming hole. I was looking for a nearby swimming hole recently. The closest and one of the most popular swimming spots is in the Passage Creek at the Elizabeth Furnace recreation area just south of Front Royal, Va. There are several other great loop hikes that start from this same area: High Peak, Mudhole Gap, Signal Knob and Meneka Peak. Here Are 12 Virginia Swimming Holes That Are Ideal For Hot Summer Days. The most accessible and less crowded is the Blue Hole. Maryland might not sound like a place that would have swimming … Last Updated: 3 Apr 2020, 509 megapixels There is a small entrance fee into the park, but the swimming is free and there is a lifeguard on duty here. This swimming hole is really bigger than a hole at 20-acres, but what a place they have here. Jump In: Leaping from the James River Footbridge has become a rite of passage for A.T. thru-hikers. 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