A good swim hole in the area?

Ashton Woods

A good swim hole in the area?

Hi AW Community!

My wife and I are looking for recommendations on a good swim hole in the area that is open to the public. We have enjoyed taking our 2yr old son out to the river at the public access point just south of AW on Trough Rd, but it’s fairly shallow there and not really a place to submerge and swim. The access point just north of us didn’t really seem ideal either. Anyone know of a good spot or two within a 30-45 drive of here?

Thanks,
Ed Gorecki

6 Responses

  1. Tim Schafer, just4schaf@aol.com says:

    Ed, I don’t recommend anyone under 7 going down the Trough. quite a few adults and children have drowned in the Trough. Cheryl, i would love to go Kayaking with you folks! Tim, 204,205

  2. charlie@mtnhome4u.com says:

    Best swimming hole I know of around here is at the foot of Seneca Rocks. Just Google “seneca rocks swimming hole” and you’ll get links, maps and photos. It’s on the North Fork of the South Branch and is found at the very far end of the parking lots for the old (burned-down) visitor center. It’s an easy 500′ walk in the woods that locals have been using since forever. And it’s NOT just downstream of a poultry processing plant, or city sewage treatment plant. It’s just down stream from pristine mountains and forests. Dive to the bottom with a face mask (I used scuba tanks) and you’ll see trout hanging around the rocks where crystal-clear water, 10-degrees cooler, is gushing up from springs. The trout pay no attention to you. It has a rope swing, too. Also see: https://www.swimmingholes.org/wv.html
    Charlie Winfree

  3. Tim Schafer, just4schaf@aol.com says:

    Trout Pond in Wardensville, Rocky Gap in MD, Black water falls has small lake and beach. tim 204,205

  4. John F. says:

    Hi Ed! Do y’all like to kayak at all? If so, there are many places in the Trough itself of the South Branch that are extremely deep and we’ve never touched bottom swimming – of course it all depends on river levels at the time, but the Trough is really beautiful and we’ve never been and not see bald eagles – we stop every kayak trip for a swim, water temps permitting. We usually just do the 7 miles from the river access near us here to Trough General Store near Romney.

    • Cheryl Willard says:

      I’d love to get together with neighbors for a kayak trip. Do you all have your own, or do you rent? We don’t have our own, yet. Will be working on that come spring.

    • Cheryl Willard says:

      I’d love to get together with neighbors for a kayak trip. Do you all have your own, or do you rent? We don’t have our own, yet. Will be working on that come spring.

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