There are very few guaranteed things when it comes to Maine, but one that is almost a certainty is that summer (and the warmth) doesn't last long. When it's here, it can brutal, packing a humidity punch into every small heat wave. For those that don't have the benefit of a pool in their backyard (or a very nice friend with one), there's only a few options to cool down. You could waste the day indoors with air conditioning, or you could venture outdoors and find one of Maine's naturally cooling swimming holes.

James M Davidson
James M Davidson

So, where do you go and how do you find all these elusive swimming spots? The good news is that most of them aren't terribly difficult to find, and don't require you to be a trained hiker or a gifted outdoor enthusiast. In fact, most of these swimming holes have marked trails or signage that will direct you to exactly where you should be. Here's a rundown of some of the best completely free swimming holes to cool off in on a perfect summer day.

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DISCLAIMER: As stated above, most of these swimming holes are on marked trails and public property, but some are surrounded by unmarked trails on private property. Be advised that traveling on private property without the owner's consent could lead to consequences. 

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