08/30/2012 07:35 am ET Updated Oct 30, 2012

The Best Natural Swimming Holes In The US (PHOTOS)

It's August, it's humid and we'll bet you want to go swimming. You could head to the local pool with the other chlorine-heads, but the truth is that no concrete pond is ever going to relax you in the same way as the real thing. There was a reason that people in old movies and Lassie shows were always "down by the ol' swimming hole." Simpler days had simpler joys.

Today, it can be a little harder to find a puddle of ones own, but that doesn't mean the joys of swimming al fresco in the woods or the fields is no longer available. Lucky for you, we found 26 natural spots -- gentle waterfalls, deep swimming holes, lazy rivers -- where you can relax with a dip.

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-- Jennifer M. Wood, Condé Nast Traveler

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