7 Semi-Secret North American Swimming Holes

Nothing says summer like the swimming hole, a hidden oasis that's usually reached by a short walk along an overgrown path and often sporting a rope swing and pure aquatic refreshment. Whether tucked away in the Ozarks or just off the road in the New Mexico desert, a swimming hole engenders your inner child like few other experiences. Here are 7 that will help you beat the heat this summer.

Text by Crai S. Bower | Photo editing by Mike Hipple

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