6 Swimming Holes and Beaches to Beat the Heat this Summer


It’s H-O-T in Alabama! We haven’t even made it halfway to summer and the temps are scorching. Beat the summer heat by enjoying the cool water at one of these six places. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

1. Oak Mountain State Park Beach

Oak Mountain State Park offers two beaches that are open to the public. You must swim at your own risk. No lifeguards are on duty. Admission to the park is as follows:

  • $5 per Adult (age 12+)
  • $2 per Child (age 4 to 11)
  • $2 per Senior (age 62+)
  • Free for ages 3 & under

2. City of Birmingham Pools

There are a whopping 18 locations around Birmingham for you to choose from to go swimming. Click here to see the locations. Pool hours are noon – 6 p.m., and admission to swim is $1 per person. Swim lessons are also available. Lifeguards are on duty at these pools.

3. Cahaba River at Grants Mill Road

The Cahaba is a beautiful and natural river with access to several swimming holes. There is no cost to swim or paddle. Swim at your own risk and make sure you’re not out past dusk!

4. Turkey Creek Nature Preserve

Turkey Creek is located just 15 miles north of Birmingham in Pinson, Alabama. Here you will find an abundance of natural wonders and gorgeous scenery. Admission is always free. No lifeguards are on duty and you must swim at your own risk.

5. Flat Rock Park

The unique location sits on 25 acres of granite with access to beautiful Lake Wedowee. This is such a lovely place to take a swim and enjoy the scenery in nature. There is no fee for admission. No lifeguards are on duty.

6. Limestone Park on the Little Cahaba River

One of the best things about Limestone Park is tubing down the Cahaba. For $10 you get a tube and float for as long as you want (until dusk). With the fee, shuttle service is also included. Every trip is suitable for all ages six and up. The park is open daily for tubing. Swim at your own risk.

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