Swimming Holes, New England: 50 of the Best Swimming Spots

Falcon Guides. May 2024. 256p. ISBN 9781493076437. pap. $24.95. TRAV
Former ecologist and lifelong outdoors enthusiast Lamagna (Hiking with Kids: New England) delivers an exceptional guide to swimming locations throughout Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Her book also advises readers on how to find a trail head and navigate their way to their destinations, including proper etiquette on the specific paths and at the various locales. She also gives GPS information, essentials of hiking and swimming; water safety reminders; tips to tackle ticks and other insects; and lessons to identify and avoid poisonous plants. Her book also discusses the nearest town, trail surface, fees, wheelchair compatibility, family friendliness, elevation, distance, level of difficulty, and estimated time to complete the hike to the swimming location. Boxes on many of the pages highlight a variety of related interests. For example, there are explanations of natural wonders, such as “The Many Names of a Waterfall” and “What Is a Glacial Till?” There’s also advice for first-time backpackers, which fishing poles to bring, and much more.
VERDICT An accessible and fun guide for planning outdoor adventures. For adventurists of all experience levels.
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