The Stony Kill is a stream which starts on the Shawangunk Plateau and makes its way down through the mix of hardwoods, pitch pines, and conglomerate rock found in the area. This video shows the nicest swimming hole along the Stony Kill.
Just down stream from the swimming hole is an impressive cliff, where water from the stream cascades down more than 200 feet, the site known as Stony Kill Falls. The force of falling water creates its own wind. This wind combined with mist creates a zone of natural air conditioning. In the heat of a summer day, the temperature around the falls will be as much as 30 degrees cooler than the surrounding air.
The water at the swimming hole is always absurdly cold. Thanks to Jeff for demonstrating how to plunge on a day that wasn’t that hot.