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Open Daily until Labor Day

The Highlands Natural Pool is a drug- and alcohol-free facility open to the public starting Memorial Day weekend and then on Saturdays and Sundays until the end of June. Beginning June 24th, we are open daily until Labor Day and then on weekends through the month of September.

Pool Hours: 12:00 pm to 6:00pm.

Day passes can be purchased at the entrance:

  • $20 per adult, ages 18 and above

  • $15 per Senior Adult 65+ and Active Military/Veterans

  • $10 per child (ages 3-17)

  • Free for ages 2 and under

  • $25 for a table with grill in our Picnic Grove

Before you visit, familiarize yourself with our Visitor Rules.

Open to the Public

Unlike many area pools and lakes, the Highlands Natural Pool offers memberships to all, wherever you live. We also sell passes if you only wish to visit for the day. 

Listed as one of "The 21 Places in New Jersey You Need to Visit in 2021," and named the best swimming hole in New Jersey, this Olympic-sized, stream-fed swimming pool is located in a scenic wooded setting adjacent to Norvin Green State Forest in Ringwood, NJ. No chemicals are used to treat the pool water.

In 1935, the pool was carved out of a hillside by the New York chapter of The Nature Friends who owned what was then called Camp Midvale. In 1997 the pool was sub-divided from the former Camp property and today the pool is a 501(c)3 non-profit community-owned and operated facility.


Rave Reviews

“Had an amazing day out with friends and family WITHOUT phone service or music out at Highlands Natural Pool. Literally just our own company and nature ... food, hiking, swimming, soccer, volleyball, cards, and conversation. Definitely the place to go to unplug, unwind and getaway from the busy city for a while.”

   — just_stephmarie

“We heard about this place and went to check it out. We were pleasantly surprised and decided to join that day. There are negative reviews from people about this pool but I’m sure these people were looking for a clear chlorinated pool which this is not. It is not a dirty place as some described at all. It’s like swimming in lake water. Weekends can get crowded but if you complain about space to sit, there is always the field area away from the pool which I prefer as it quieter and lots of space. It’s a pool that you like it or you don’t. Most times it’s a peaceful place to relax and swim. We really enjoy it.”

   — Betty K.

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