Bonus videos from 2015 at the bottom.
The following are my favorite five New Brunswick waterfalls to swim in:
1. Moosehorn Falls – The Moosehorn Trail at Fundy National Park starts at Laverty Falls and travels down along Laverty Stream until the stream bed turns into rock. The large granite slabs have been carved by the stream to form many small waterfalls and pools. One circular pool even resembles a hot tub. There are so many small falls and pools to choose from that you won’t get bored.
2. Raggedy Ass Falls – This set of 4 waterfalls in the woods near Wirral have very deep pools. The pools are cut into the slanted rock plates that make up the stream bed. In the pool at the bottom waterfall (Raggedy Ass Falls 1) I couldn’t touch bottom. It is at least 10 feet deep. The pool itself is about 20 feet wide with a waterfall that’s about 10-12 feet high. The smaller falls just above that (Raggedy Ass Falls 2) has a pool that is formed between two plate rocks making it a deep V shape. It about 8 feet deep and about the same distance across. The third falls just falls over some boulders from the pool at the fourth falls. The top waterfall is a bridal type falls that flows out over a rock. The pool at the bottom is only about 4-5 feet deep but it is the largest and is the size of a medium sized swimming pool. If you go make sure you try swimming in them all.
3. Coac Falls – Coac Falls in Upper Queensbury has a deep pool that is the perfect size to take a dip. The rock formations that form the stair steps of the large waterfall are very interesting to explore. You may see signs of crayfish on the rocks around the falls. One nipped my toe on my last visit but they are too small to hurt you. If that bothers you just tread water.
4. Sheephouse Falls – Sheephouse Falls is in the woods to the north of Miramichi City. The large pool at the base of the falls is gravel bottom. It is quite deep and quite large. You can also walk behind the waterfall. It’s a great way to spend a hot summer day.
5. Howland Falls – Howland Falls is easily accessible from Route 105 to the west of Mactaquac Provincial Park near Fredericton. Just a short walk over a steep hill and you are in a deep ravine that holds the waterfall. The pool at the bottom of the falls is about 5 feet at its deepest and large enough to take a nice swim. When I was there last the water was very cold, but very refreshing on the hot summer day.
Waterfalls make great places to explore during the hot summer months, whether they have a swimming pool at the bottom or not. Even wading through the stream or exploring a cool shaded ravine is a wonderful way to beat the summer heat. If you have a favorite swimming waterfall I would love to hear about it in the comments below.
The following video links are from waterfall swimming adventures in 2015.