In Tuscaloosa, we have an abundance of fresh clean swimming pools to go to this Summer. More people than ever have pools in their backyard. That wasn't the case where I grew up. We went swimming in the Cypress Hole on County Rd 21 in Coffeeville. Oh, and Bassets Creek.

The water was cold and clean and the color of iced tea. Some of the holes seemed to have and endless bottom. We had boards nailed to trees to climb to the highest limb to jump. There were old car steering wheel "Swings" hanging from the trees too. Double somersault anyone?

So, where are the best swimming holes for a cool Tuscaloosa Summer? I always see folks floating around in Hurricane Creek on Hwy 216 in the late Spring and Summer. It's sure is a pretty place to go.

I asked this question on air this morning and had some really great suggestions: Have you ever been swimming at any of these?







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    Hurricane Creek Park

    Hurricane Creek Park on Hwy 216 is a favorite gathering place in the Summer. Easy parking too.

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    The 'Deep Freeze' in Duncanville

    A run off of Big Sandy, this swimming hole is considered the coldest water around. Directions? Past Bama Feed & Seed in Talladega National Forest.

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    The Cliffs - Lake Nicol

    Past the Spill Way in North River, The Cliffs at Lake Nicol was a popular spot for teens and adults to gather. There's plenty to do here, and you'll often see cliff jumping even though it's technically not allowed.


    Lake Payne

    Described as an Isolated gem, Lake Payne offers a little more than swimming. On Co Rd 71, you'll find Lake Views, Fishing and some good swimming this Summer!

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    Lake Lurleen State Park

    Lake Lurleen State Park offers a bit more than swimming too. Camping, hiking trails, fishing piers and more.

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