DO IT: Swimming

Swimming: Cool Off in Georgia’s Pools, Lakes, & Ocean

Georgia summers tend to get hot – often in the 90s, and with high humidity – so there is no doubt that
swimming is a popular recreational activity for cooling off and there are plenty of places to do it.

Swimming pools and water parks abound, operated by the state’s resorts, hotels, municipal and county governments, and Georgia State Parks. The outdoor pools in Georgia are generally open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, whereas the indoor pools are often year-round facilities.

Many of the state’s public pools hold special events, such as “dive in” movies, tropical-themed parties, and water sports contests. Almost all offer swimming lessons. Guest passes can be purchased if you’re not a local resident. A couple of pools you might want to check out are the Georgia Tech Indoor Pool and the Liberty Bell pool at F.D. Roosevelt State Park. The Georgia Tech Indoor Pool in downtown Atlanta was constructed for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, where American Amy Van Dyken won four gold medals in the women’s events, and features a leisure pool with six-25-yard lanes, a water slide, lazy river, kids play area. The pool offers public swimming lessons; usage otherwise is restricted to Georgia Tech-affiliated members and their guests. The Liberty Bell pool at F.D. Roosevelt State Park is a beautiful, large, rock-lined, spring-fed pool built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. Pool general admission is $3-$5 depending on the day of the week. Pools also are the main attraction at the state’s water parks, many of them an adjunct to theme parks such as Six Flags Over Georgia, Wild Adventures, and Lake Winnepesaukah.

Resort area water parks such as Margaritaville at Lanier Islands and Summer Waves on Jekyll Island ensure there are activities for every member of the family. One of the newest water parks in the state is Rigby’s Water World in Warner Robins which bills itself as having the world’s largest wet play structure. Or take your water fun indoors at the Great Wolf Lodge in LaGrange with its indoor pools and slides, accessible to resort guests and those who purchase a day pass.

While pools and water parks are great, there’s nothing like a good, old-fashioned swimming hole. Located in the midst of nature at its finest, these swimming spots are open year-round, and often free to access. Several Georgia waterfalls, including High Shoals Falls and Dukes Creek Falls near Helen, Blue Hole Falls near Hiawassee and Helton Creek Falls near Blairsville, plunge into pools that are swimmable. Just be aware, the water may be a chilly 40 degrees. And please swim with a buddy since there are no lifeguards at these swimming holes.

Lake swimming is also plentiful. Recreational facilities on the Army Corps of Engineers’ 10 Georgia lakes, Georgia Power’s 17 lakes and 20 Georgia State Parks lakes often feature sandy beaches and roped-off areas designated for swimming.

Wherever you go in Georgia, remember to pack a swimsuit.

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Swimming - Locations

Tugaloo State Park

Northeast Georgia Mountains
1763 Tugaloo State Park Rd.
Lavonia, GA 30553

[Total: 6   Average: 3.7/5]
Victoria Bryant State Park

Northeast Georgia Mountains
1105 Bryant Park Rd.
Royston, GA 30662

[Total: 6   Average: 4.5/5]
River’s End Campground & RV Park

Georgia Coast
5 Fort Ave.
Tybee Island, GA 31328

[Total: 3   Average: 3.7/5]
Legion Park

Magnolia Midlands
816 N. Main St.
Fitzgerald, GA 31750

[Total: 0   Average: 0/5]
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Okefenokee Country Club

Georgia Coast
1204 South River Oaks Dr.
Blackshear, GA 31516

[Total: 0   Average: 0/5]
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Explore Highway 341

Magnolia Midlands
9 East Oak St.
McRae-Helena, GA 31055

[Total: 2   Average: 4.5/5]
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YMCA of Georgia’s Piedmont

Northeast Georgia Mountains
50 Brad Akins Dr.
Winder, GA 30677

[Total: 0   Average: 0/5]
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Woodring Branch Recreation Area

Historic High Country
5026 Woodring Branch Rd.
Chatsworth, GA 30705

[Total: 1   Average: 4/5]
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Fort Mountain State Park

Historic High Country
181 Fort Mountain Park Rd.
Chatsworth, GA 30705

[Total: 1   Average: 4/5]
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Ossabaw Island

Georgia Coast
22814 GA Hwy. 144
Richmond Hill, GA 31324

[Total: 2   Average: 3.5/5]
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Lake Lanier

Northeast Georgia Mountains
Northeast Georgia
Gainesville, GA 30501

[Total: 1   Average: 3/5]
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Lake Tobesofkee Recreation Area

Historic Heartland
6600 Mosely Dixon Rd.
Macon, GA 31220

[Total: 0   Average: 0/5]
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Fort Yargo State Park

Northeast Georgia Mountains
210 S. Broad St.
Winder, GA 30680

[Total: 1   Average: 3/5]
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Don Carter State Park

Northeast Georgia Mountains
5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd.
Gainesville, GA 30506

[Total: 0   Average: 0/5]
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Salacoa Creek Park

Historic High Country
I-75 Exit 315 Hwy. 156 / 388 Park Dr. NE
Ranger, GA 30734

[Total: 1   Average: 3/5]
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Georgia State Parks

Atlanta Metro
2600 Hwy. 155 SW
Stockbridge, GA 30281

[Total: 0   Average: 0/5]
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Unicoi State Park & Lodge

Northeast Georgia Mountains
1788 GA Hwy. 356
Helen, GA 30545

[Total: 1   Average: 5/5]
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Little Ocmulgee State Park & Lodge

Magnolia Midlands
80 Live Oak Tr.
McRae-Helena, GA 31037

[Total: 1   Average: 5/5]
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Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club

Presidential Pathways
2459H U.S. Hwy. 280 W.
Cordele, GA 31015

[Total: 0   Average: 0/5]
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George T. Bagby State Park and Lodge

Plantation Trace
330 Bagby Pkwy.
Fort Gaines, GA 39851

[Total: 0   Average: 0/5]
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