Swim at Arnold Valley Pool

Virginia Petites Gap

Added by Spenser Reid

  • Distance: 200 ft from the road
  • Beautiful creek bed
  • Several swimming holes
  • Rope swing
  • Natural water slide
  • Crisp, cool water

Arnold Valley Pool might be a couple hundred feet from the road but most people don’t even notice when they pass by. This swimming hole is located on the same road as Devil’s Marbleyard and is the perfect place to cool off after the intense hike at the Marbleyard or on any hot summer day. The swimming hole is spring fed so the water is always cold! There are three massive boulders that encompass the hole, two of which form a natural 5-foot water slide that plunges you into the deepest part of the hole. There is also a 20 ft. rope swing dangling from one of the surrounding trees that is sure to keep you entertained for hours. Make sure you are careful when jumping because there are rocks just beneath the surface. It is important to always wade through the water before jumping.

At milepost 71 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, turn onto the unmarked gravel road, which takes you down the mountain for several miles. At the bottom of the mountain park right before the second small bridge.

Pack List

  • Bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Water bottle (there is a piped spring where you can get fresh spring water)
  • Sandals
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Chillin, Swimming

Skill Level:



Spring, Summer



Cliff Jumping
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Swimming Hole

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4 months ago


This was awesome! My brothers best friend and I went! The only problem I had was finding it... The GPS will take you too far... It is right across the gravel road from the sign that say 18 ton limit!

4 months ago

4 months ago

Awesome Spot

Went here with a couple friends and stayed for hours, water was cold but felt great on a hot day. Definitely plan on going back soon.

4 months ago

5 months ago

Worth The Trip

Took my two sons here and had a lot of fun! If you're coming from Lexington, there's a much quicker route by going through Natural Bridge Station to Arnold Valley Rd which then turns into the Petites Gap gravel road mentioned above. Park just after the first bridge. All in all well worth the trip.

5 months ago

Added by Spenser Reid

Right where I belong

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