September 04, 2017

8 Underrated Swimming Quarries Within Driving Distance of Cleveland

Ohioans love to swim in rock quarries, kayak on quarries, hike around quarries and occasionally cliff jump into quarries. Unfortunately, not all formerly working rock quarries are safe for swimming, thanks to their deceptively cold/deep waters and murky underbellies. But these Ohio spots are approved for the public in one way or another. So bask in the one last long, warm weekend of summer and get thyself to a quarry today.

Ohioans love to swim in rock quarries, kayak on quarries, hike around quarries and occasionally cliff jump into quarries. Unfortunately, not all formerly working rock quarries are safe for swimming, thanks to their deceptively cold/deep waters and murky underbellies. But these Ohio spots are approved for the public in one way or another. So bask in the one last long, warm weekend of summer and get thyself to a quarry today.

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Clearwater Quarry
4601 Genoa Rd., Perrysburg, 419-837-2020
This stunningly blue quarry offers a diving board, water slide and plenty of room to picnic (just don't bring any beverages in glass containers). Labor Day Weekend is its final weekend open to the public. 
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Clearwater Quarry

4601 Genoa Rd., Perrysburg, 419-837-2020
This stunningly blue quarry offers a diving board, water slide and plenty of room to picnic (just don't bring any beverages in glass containers). Labor Day Weekend is its final weekend open to the public.

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Clearwater Quarry
4601 Genoa Rd., Perrysburg, 419-837-2020
Drive time from Cleveland: About an hour and 50 minutes west
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Clearwater Quarry

4601 Genoa Rd., Perrysburg, 419-837-2020
Drive time from Cleveland: About an hour and 50 minutes west

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 White Star Quarry
901 S. Main St., Gibsonburg, 419-637-DIVE
Known for its scuba diving as well as its relaxing swimming beach, some might even say White Star Quarry is the shit. 
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White Star Quarry

901 S. Main St., Gibsonburg, 419-637-DIVE
Known for its scuba diving as well as its relaxing swimming beach, some might even say White Star Quarry is the shit.

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 White Star Quarry
901 S. Main St., Gibsonburg, 419-637-DIVE
Drive time: About an hour and a half east outside of Cleveland. 
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White Star Quarry

901 S. Main St., Gibsonburg, 419-637-DIVE
Drive time: About an hour and a half east outside of Cleveland.

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Centennial Quarry
5773 Centennial Rd, Sylvania, 419-885-7106
Offering plenty of room to water slide as well as hike, this is a place perfect for hanging out with a crowd, or maybe just your dog. 
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Centennial Quarry

5773 Centennial Rd, Sylvania, 419-885-7106
Offering plenty of room to water slide as well as hike, this is a place perfect for hanging out with a crowd, or maybe just your dog.

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Centennial Quarry
5773 Centennial Rd, Sylvania, 419-885-7106
Drive time from Cleveland: About two hours west
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Centennial Quarry

5773 Centennial Rd, Sylvania, 419-885-7106
Drive time from Cleveland: About two hours west

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Nelson Ledges Quarry
12001 Nelson Ledge Rd, Garrettsville, 440-548-2716
Basically, you can do anything at Nelson Ledges Quarry. Attend music festivals, practice yoga while hula hooping and, of course, swimming. Better dive in soon, as the sun won't be out too much longer. 
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Nelson Ledges Quarry

12001 Nelson Ledge Rd, Garrettsville, 440-548-2716
Basically, you can do anything at Nelson Ledges Quarry. Attend music festivals, practice yoga while hula hooping and, of course, swimming. Better dive in soon, as the sun won't be out too much longer.

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Nelson Ledges Quarry
12001 Nelson Ledge Rd, Garrettsville, 440-548-2716
Drive time from Cleveland: About an hour southeast
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Nelson Ledges Quarry

12001 Nelson Ledge Rd, Garrettsville, 440-548-2716
Drive time from Cleveland: About an hour southeast

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 The Peninsula Quarry
1980 W. Streetsboro Rd., 330-657-2202
An official swimming hole since 1955, this place is truly a Cuyahoga Valley gem. There's a diving board there just waiting for you. Go ahead and jump. (Note: This spot may not be open for Labor Day.)
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The Peninsula Quarry

1980 W. Streetsboro Rd., 330-657-2202
An official swimming hole since 1955, this place is truly a Cuyahoga Valley gem. There's a diving board there just waiting for you. Go ahead and jump. (Note: This spot may not be open for Labor Day.)

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 The Peninsula Quarry
1980 West Streetsboro Rd., 330-657-2202
Drive time from Cleveland: Thirty minutes south
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The Peninsula Quarry

1980 West Streetsboro Rd., 330-657-2202
Drive time from Cleveland: Thirty minutes south

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