Denning (Ulster County)
Why we love it
Despite — or perhaps because — of its remote location, Peekamoose Blue Hole has become an extremely popular destination. The reason for its allure: It offers a rare opportunity to plunge into a Catskills waterhole. Centuries of scouring by sand and gravel swirling through a whirlpool created this depression in Rondout Creek. Likewise, Mother Nature has provided several rock platforms for diving into the clear, always-frigid water. All you need to bring is a bathing suit, a picnic and a desire to have some old-fashioned fun.
To limit the unmanageable crowds that once flocked here, reservations are now required. To make one, visit https://newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com/.
- Swimming hole in the heart of the Catskills
- Clear, frigid water
Directions, hours, etc.: https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/109922.html