Ringwood. The Highlands Natural Pool opens May 29

| 20 May 2021 | 09:46

Opening Day at the Highlands Natural Pool is Saturday, May 29, where there will be free admission.

COVID 19 protocols will be in place.

This unique -spring-fed pool is surrounded by the beauty of Norvin Green State Forest. It was first opened more than 80 years ago as part of the nation’s first racially integrated camp (Camp Midvale).

Some say Highlands Pool has healing properties but, at the very least, visitors will find themselves relaxed in the midst of nature.

The pool is not treated with chemicals but the water is constantly refreshed by the stream that fills it.

If you’re not much of a swimmer, there is still plenty to do at The Highlands Natural Pool. You’ll find snacks, drinks, and a picnic area, along with a playground, ping pong tables, volleyball court and softball field. There are also board games to borrow and a variety of nature programs available at the nearby New Weis Center for children ages 5 and up.

If you’d like to get a little work done while you’re here or enjoy some online gaming, you’re in luck - the pool offers free Wi-Fi.

The Highlands Natural Pool is currently run by a non-profit group, the Community Association of the Highlands, which offers day passes as well as seasonal memberships..

Being a fed by a natural spring, the pool is not heated and the water temperature rarely rises above 65 degrees. Brisk and bracing, the temperature is actually quite refreshing on a hot summer day.

The depth of the pool ranges from under four feet in the shallow section to more than ten feet at the deep end. It’s the perfect place to cool down after a long hike in the surrounding area.