Summer is in full force and the weather has been really hot all across the region. Trying to stay cool if you're outdoors is not an easy thing to do unless of course you head for your favorite swimming hole. In Arkansas, there are plenty of great ones that will remind you of your childhood -- swinging off a tree into the water or jumping off some bluff.

White River

Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism

Located in the beautiful Ozark National Forest of northwest Arkansas, this river runs through Arkansas into Missouri and boasts a great swimming hole to cool off on a hot day.

Lake Sylvia

Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism

Located in the northeast corner of the prestigious Ouachita National Forest about 38 miles from Little Rock this swimming hole is a true delight of sheer beauty.

Blanchard Springs

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Located near Mountain View this favorite watering hole is a must with its scenic beauty, waterfall and the nearby Blanchard Springs Cavern. Dipping your toes into this watering hole is a must-do.

Little Missouri Falls

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Located in the Ouachita National Forest in Glenwood this has always been a favorite place to swim or wade in the cool refreshing waters and falls.

Greers Ferry Lake

Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism

Located near Heber Springs, I was just here a couple of week ago and the wooded forest and serene beauty that surrounds it is breathtaking. And the water is so refreshing.

Mulberry River

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Located in the heart of northwest Arkansas, the Mulberry River is 70 miles long and is recognized as a National Wild and Scenic River. You have to walk across or jump off the swinging bridge near Ozark and enjoy some swimming in this peaceful valley.

Lake Ouachita

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Located near Hot Springs this Army Corps of Engineers lake is the largest lake in the State of Arkansas and has several islands surrounded by the Ouachita mountains. It has natural beauty at every turn, including a terrific swimming hole known as Crystal Springs Beach. This area makes you feel like you're in Hawaii.

 Kings River Falls

Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism

Located in the Ozark Mountains of northwest Arkansas Kings River, it is connected to the Kings River Falls, which is a favorite for visitors from everywhere. Just look at that waterfall.

Twin Falls

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The name says it all. It's located near Pelsor in the rugged terrain of the Ozark National Forest and this is another great place to gather for a swimming party.

Cadron Creek

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Located near the Buffalo River in north Arkansas, Cadron Creek is about 10 miles long and boasts a colorful historical past that once included a dozen bath houses, a saloon, two hotels and a cotton gin. It's now a perfect place for swimming.

Arkansas is the Natural State for a reason and any trip to a swimming hole is well worth the short time it takes to visit.