Beach + Island

Natural Swimming Holes Around the World

Little River: Floyd, Virginia

Flowing through the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia, Little River and its lush bankside canopy offer cool respite from the sultry southern sun. Floyd (population: 432) straddles Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, the 300-mile stretch of Appalachia where bluegrass was born. Check into the eco-friendly Hotel Floyd, set amid the galleries and shops of the neo-bohemian main drag (540-745-6080; doubles from $80), before making your way to the Floyd Country Store for a pulled-pork sandwich with all the fixin’s. The unassuming space hosts bluegrass, blues, and country performances—including a popular Friday Night Jamboree where two dance bands whip the standing-room-only crowd into an absolute frenzy (206 S. Locust St.; entrées from $2). Afterward, return to Little River for a skinny-dip under the stars. Talk about deliverance.

Water Temperature this Month: 59º

What to Wear: Country casual: cutoff "jorts" (jean shorts) and a tank top.

You'll Share the Water with: All manner of trout (including brown, brook, and rainbow), as well as the occasional beaver.

Photograph by Justine Kurland

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