During the cooler months we all dream of relaxing by the pool or splashing around with friends and family. One of the easiest ways to beat the summer heat is jumping in the water. Luckily, the Valley has some great swimming holes, including community pools and lakes.

State Parks

Pine Grove Furnace Swimming-700The ocean may be far away, but beautiful fresh water and sandy beaches aren't. Doubling Gap Lake at Colonel Denning State Park offers fresh, cool water for swimming enjoyment as well as a beach perfect for enjoying the sun or playing in the sand. The 3.5 acre lake also presents a scenic mountain backdrop. It is open from 8 a.m. to dusk and has food concessions Friday and Saturday.

Pine Grove Furnace State Park offers two great swimming locations. Much like Doubling Gap Lake, Laurel Lake features a sandy beach and mountain backdrop. Laurel Lake spans 25 acres and is open from 8 a.m. to sunset. Fuller Lake is also located in Pine Grove Furnace State Park and has lifeguards on watch from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day. Both lakes open at the end of May and close in mid-September. Pine Grove's other offerings include hiking, biking, and fishing.

Little Buffalo State Park, in nearby Newport, features a state-of-the-art swimming pool with depths from one to five feet, two waterslides and a sprayground. The pool has an ADA accessible ramp and is open weekends Memorial Day through the second weekend in June, daily through August, and weekends through Labor Day.

Community Pools

If you're more into diving boards and slides there are some fantastic options around Cumberland Valley for you to check out.

Boiling Springs Pool-220The Boiling Springs Pool located on Mountain Road offers four pools, three waterslides, and a full service snack bar. Certified by the American Red Cross swimming lessons are available. Special events include Summerfest in June and $5 Fridays offered six times throughout the summer. The pool opens Memorial Day weekend and begins daily operations in June.

Another great pool location is the Hampden Township Pool. The 550,000 gallon pool features a 120 foot waterslide. Other park features include a tot pool, spray ground, and concession stand. Swimming lessons, Aqua Zumba, Deep Water Aerobics, and scuba classes are offered at the pool. The pool opens Memorial Day weekend and daily beginning in June.

The Carlisle Community Pool opens Memorial Day weekend, but will be closed when Carlisle School is in session. Swim lessons are available for all ages. Non-resident rates available. This pool is perfect for kids under 4 as well with a fenced off area away from the rowdy big kids. Tots can enjoy the separate under 8 area with a zero depth entry wading pool and a tea cup water feature that is always stocked with fun pool toys for toddlers to enjoy.

The Mechanicsburg Outdoor Swimming Pool touts a 22-foot tall water slide and opens Memorial Day weekend, with daily operations beginning June 7. Non-residents are welcome.

The Shippensburg Memorial Pool offers a water slide, baby pool, dew drop fountain, and concession stand. The pool will be open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, but will be closed during school days. Non-resident rates available and pool rentals are available for parties. 

The Camp Hill Municipal Pool will be open for Memorial Day and the first weekend in June. The pool will then be open daily until Labor Day. Non-resident rates are available to those who live in Lemoyne Borough, Wormleysburg Borough, Hampden Township, Lower Allen Township and East Pennsboro Township.

The Lemoyne Community Swimming Pool will also open for Memorial Day, but will not be open while school is in session. The pool is then open through the beginning of September. Non-resident rates available. The pool features a water slide and other fun features.