Waterbury Reservoir is one of the newer park facilities within Mount Mansfield State Forest. The Reservoir is the ninth largest body of water in the state of Vermont The park is located on a 90-acre peninsula with 22 picnic sites, tables, hibachis, swimming beach, nature trail, trailer boat ramp, boat rentals, concession area and restrooms.
West Brach River offers numerous swimming opportunities. Just follow the Stowe Recreation Path and keep your eyes and ears open for swimmers splashing in the cool mountain water. Park at Thompson Park on the Mountain Road and head towards town. Local’s favorite spot will be ahead on your left, but there are several more amazing spots to be discovered!
Bingham Falls is a short, easy hike and perfect for families with children. It’s a beautiful, two-tiered waterfall with endless swimming holes. The long, tight gorge along the river cause the water to create a deep rumbling, thunderous sound as it is forced downstream and eventually over the main 25-foot falls. This gorge is one of the prettiest in Vermont. The water is a beautiful teal color through a sunny open area of mixed forest and meadow. Follow the trail to the base of the falls for perhaps the best swimming hole in the area!
Sterling Pond, a small alpine lake nestled in the woods on one side of the rugged mountain pass known as Smugglers' Notch, is lovely whether covered in ice and snow, warmed by the summer sun or curtained with mist on a cool autumn morning amongst the season’s foliage. The trek is a short but steep two-mile round trip up and down from the parking lot on Vermont 108. Or as it known to locals, the Notch Road. The excursion can be turned into a half-day or all day hike by adding on one of many linking segments, including stretches of Vermont's storied Long Trail. A swim in Sterling Pond will not be forgotten!
Green River Reservoir became a state park in March 1999 when 5,110 acres were purchased from the Morrisville Water and Light Department. This is not your typical Vermont State Park – Green River Reservoir provides camping and paddling experiences in a remote setting. Swimming opportunities are plentiful at this local gem.
Fosters is the place to be on a hot summer day. This small pool located on Notch Brook Road is a locals’ favorite. Look for cars on your left and follow the sounds of summer fun to this quintessential piece of summer in Stowe.
Nebraska Valley is the home of a swimming hole enjoyed for generations. Follow Nebraska Valley Road until you reach the bridge, and you are there. Park safely along the road, and get ready to take a dunk in this cool mountain stream.