3 Favorite Water Spots to Cool Off near Charlottesville

When the weather is warm like it’s been for the past few weeks it’s always good to have someplace to go to cool off.  Here are three ideas for places that we like:

  • Mint Springs Valley Park – this is a county park and for a nominal fee you can explore the park.  When you get there you should start with a hike and then cool off in the lake.  There is small beach to lay your towel on to dry off after the swim.  There are also many picnic tables so take your lunch and enjoy the day.


white water falling over steep dark rocks


  • Crabtree Falls – a set of five cascading waterfalls make Crabtree Falls one of the tallest falls east of the Mississippi River.  It has a drop of over 1,000 feet.  The trail to the top is a switchback trail so the hike is not too strenuous.  The cool breeze and light spray coming off the falls makes it an enjoyable hike.


  • Blue Hole & Snake Hole near Sugar Hollow Reservoir – while you can’t go swimming in the reservoir itself there two great swimming holes north off the Sugar Hollow Trail past the reservoir.  From the parking lot cross two streams (easy) and hike 0.8 miles to Snake Hole.  Then hike further up the trail to Blue Hole, the trail is slightly steep so cooling off in the water will feel great.  Remember to take water with you for the hike.


Enjoy the summer heat and cooling off near our favorite water spots.

Hope to see you soon!

Dan & Kathryn

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