Adventure Date: September 7th, 2015 (Labor Day)
One night in the early summer I was scrolling through my facebook in bed. I came across an article on the best swimming holes in Upstate New York. Of course some of them looked completely awesome! Who wouldn’t want to swim in a natural spring with a waterfall? I wouldn’t mind chasing down some of these waterfalls TLC!
Of course summer flashed by me faster than I could blink. A few weeks ago I came to the realization that Labor Day weekend was quickly approaching and wanted to try something new. I remembered the article I had read and decided we were going to give one of these spots a try since the forecast was going to be 91 degrees!
My husband and I decided on Robert H. Treman Park in Ithaca, NY. The article sited Lower Falls as an awesome swimming hold where you could swim with a waterfull. On Labor we packed a picnic lunch and headed down to Ithaca (about a two hour drive from our house). The car fee was $7 for the day so I figured that is a good bargain. I had seen online that there is an Empire Pass that you can purchase that gives you unlimited access to most state parks if you purchase it ahead of time for the season.
Needless to say that view was amazing as we walked up to the falls and swimming hole. Olivia could barely wait to jump in. The swimming hole is sectioned off from the deeper end by the walls which also had a diving board. Side Note: If your child isn’t a strong swimmer I would suggest a life jacket because it does get pretty deep even though there are life guards as well.
The waterfalls were so beautiful. There are many ledges where you can sit in the falls or next to the falls. The diving board by the falls was pretty awesome. Side Note: You are not allowed to jump off the diving board with a life jacket on and you are not allowed in the deep water section by the falls with a life jacket either.
If you were to look out from the swimming hole away from the falls the above photo would be your view. It is a creek that leads down to another lower swimming hole. There is a side trail in the trees that will take you all the way down.
This is a huge park and I intend to spend some more time exploring it either this Fall or next year. If you are looking for some more information on the parks please see the articles below.
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments to share on your experiences!