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 by jumping in the water. Luckily, the Valley has some great swimming holes, including community pools and lakes.
The ocean may be far away, but beautiful freshwater and sandy beaches aren't. Doubling Gap Lake at Colonel Denning State Park offers fresh, cool water for swimming and a beach perfect for enjoying the sun or playing in the sand. The 3.5-acre lake also presents a scenic mountain backdrop and offers a relatively easy hiking trail through the woods around the lake. It is open from 8 am to dusk from late May through mid-September.
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 am to sunset. There are no lifeguards on duty. Swim at your own risk. Fuller Lake is also located in Pine Grove Furnace State Park and has lifeguards on watch from 11 am to 7 pm. daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Both lakes open in early May and close at the end of 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 of up to five feet, two waterslides, and a sprayground. The pool has an ADA-accessible ramp and is open weekends only beginning Memorial Day through the second weekend in June, daily through mid-August, and weekends through Labor Day. Hours are from 11 am to 7 pm. A fee is charged for pool use and is payable at the pool in cash only. Discounts are available after 4 pm. TIP: The pool often reaches capacity on holidays and weekends. Mid-week swimming is often less crowded.
If you're more into diving boards and slides, there are some fantastic options around Cumberland Valley for you to check out.
The Boiling Springs Pool, located on Mountain Road, offers four pools, three waterslides, and a full-service snack bar with both hot and cold food. There are several large grass-covered areas for relaxing. In 2022, it is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend but is closed when school is in session. Hours are from noon to 7 pm (open at 11 am for members). Nearby, guests can enjoy a leisurely stroll around Children's Lake.
Another great pool location is the Hampden Township Pool. The 550,000-gallon pool features a new double flume waterslide for the 2022 season. Other park features include a zero-depth entry tot pool, an interactive spray ground, a concession stand, a pavilion with picnic tables, and a newly-renovated bathhouse. Swimming lessons, Deep Water Aerobics, and other classes are offered at the pool. In 2022, the pool is open on Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30, and will re-open for the season beginning June 4, 2022. When Cumberland Valley School District starts its school year, the pool will only be open on weekends. The pool will be open for its final weekend, Labor Day weekend on Sept. 3-5, and close for the season starting Sept. 6, 2022. The pool is open daily from 11:30 am to 8 pm.
The Carlisle Community Pool is situated on 3-acres and offers a large “z-shape” main pool ranging from three to 12 feet in depth and featuring a giant twisting water slide, Aqua Climb wall, lap swimming area, and diving board; two large shade shelters; and grass space for activities and sunbathing. Young children can enjoy a wading pool with a teacup water feature. A fenced-in recreational area includes a lighted pavilion with eight picnic tables, two charcoal grills, basketball, volleyball, and shuffleboard. You may bring your own coolers, lawn chairs, and shade tents (must be staked to the ground). Non-resident rates are available. In 2022, the pool is open from May 28 through Labor Day weekend. It is closed on weekdays while Carlisle Area School District is in session. Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 12 pm to 7 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm.
The Mechanicsburg Area Community Swimming Pool touts a 22-foot tall water slide. There is a concession stand, and non-residents are welcome. As of May 11, 2022, the pool had not posted information on their 2022 season.
The Shippensburg Pool is closed for the 2022 season while funds are raised to construct a new pool facility.
The Camp Hill Borough Municipal Pool is open Memorial Day weekend and then re-opens the first weekend in June and remains open daily until Labor Day. Hours are 12 pm to 8 pm. In 2022, Camp Hill Borough residents and non-residents from the following municipalities-- East Penn, Hampden, Lower Allen, Lemoyne, and Wormleysburg -- may purchase pool memberships. Pool members are welcome to bring up to four guests per visit for a flat rate of $8 per guest. Resident and non-resident daily rates are available as well. For inclement weather and pool closures, call 717-909-3887.
The Lemoyne Community Swimming Pool is open from Memorial Day weekend daily through Labor Day weekend but is not open when school is in session. The pool features a water slide and other fun features. Hours are Monday through Friday from 1 pm to 7 pm; weekends and holidays from 12 pm to 8 pm. From August 6 through September 5, 2022, hours are: Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Monday - Friday: 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The pool is closed: August 7, 12, 29, 30, 31, Sept. 1, 2. The 2022 season is limited to season pass holders and their guests. The pool has posted that due to a severe shortage of lifeguards, they may reduce overall pool capacity, place usage limitations on certain pool areas, or close the pool as necessary. Please visit their Facebook page for updates.