Well, it’s that time of year again. The sun is sizzling our souls away and we often find ourselves questioning whether or not it’s actually worth leaving our nice, air conditioned rooms to brave the outside world. While we’d normally tell you not to risk it (unless you were getting ready to hit up Graeter’s or Buzzed Bull), these watering holes within 100 miles of our beloved city are definitely worth the risk of melting. Some may require a short hike, but that will make the refreshing dip so much sweeter….

5. Caesars Creek, OH – 44.5 Miles Away


Resting below Horseshoe Falls, a number of small pools await for you to take a solitary dip or one among friends. Situated beneath the shade of the forest foliage, the water is cool and more than welcome after the potential of a short, humid hike. Make sure to bring the camera along for this one, as the entire Perimeter Trail, which you have to take to access these swimming holes, is around 11 miles and features a number of excellent opportunities to snag some nature photography!

4. Falling Rock Park, KY – 78.4 Miles Away


Nestled in the incredibly beautiful backwoods of Kentucky, Falling Rock Park is the perfect oasis for your next siesta on one of those giant alligator inflatables. Our favorite part about this spot is the general cleanliness of the experience. Sometimes quarries are loaded with all kinds of garbage, used condoms floating in the water… yes, we’ve seen it before. But that’s far from the case here. While you’ll have to leave the alcohol at home, this is the ideal spot for simply getting away from it all if only for a couple of relaxing hours floating around aimlessly with a couple of friends. We get you.

3. White Rock Park, IN – 71.5 Miles Away


So maybe you’d rather just skip the hiking part and go for something a little more recreational. You’re in luck! The second quarry on this list, White Rock Park is known for its rope swings, diving spots, and sandy shores to chill out on. The water is deep and wide, so no worries about safety if you’re using common sense. Don’t forget to bring the friends along for this one. Let’s face it… if you’re diving alone you kind of look like Matthew Mcconaughey in those Lincoln commercials. That’s no fun.

Pro Tip: Make sure your drinks are in cans. No bottles allowed and no hard liquors, you party animals! But camping there is always a great time, so why not make a weekend out of it?

2. Ludlow Creek, OH – 65.7 Miles Away


We don’t know about our readers out there, but we’re huge fans of natural pools; especially if a waterfall is involved. While many locals know it, one of the best kept secrets in Ohio is Ludlow Falls. It’s known to be incredibly powerful in the Spring and perfect for a little dip in the earlier months of Summer. Feel free to jump on in and wade under the powerful flow when the water isn’t too intense. If it happens to be moving too fast, you can always go further down the creek and wade in peace. Ah, nature.

1. Anderson Falls, IN – 78.2 Miles Away

Anderson Falls

What can we say? We’re a sucker for natural waterfalls. While this one may be a bit further of a drive, the general solitude and natural beauty are well worth the trip. While it’s only 10 feet tall, it’s width is the impressive part. At over 100 feet wide, the falls are perfect for group photos and the secluded location may make for the ideal skinny dipping spot on the right day if you’re about that life. We’re not saying we are, but watch out for the wild snakes. You never know what be wading below the surface…


Have any other favorites you’d like to share with the world? Let us and everyone else know in the comments. Share your adventures on Instagram with #citynova so we can see what you’re up to!

Matt Teaford is a meatatarian, craft beer enthusiast, and follower of his spirit animal, which he believes to be a Kodiak Bear. He can often be found hiking in the backwoods of Kentucky or bragging about both his hometown of Cincinnati and expansive knowledge of music. Except Polka. He knows nothing about Polka.

Matt founded CityNova because he wants people to experience life for all that it’s worth. He also thinks that nap time should be offered by all employers. Since he found no such opportunity, he thought a startup might be his best chance.

He’s also a political Independent who vies for true transparency and accountability in government, but that’s neither here nor there…