Four places to cool off this summer ...

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North Pond

Central Shaft Road, Florida

Florida's North Pond in Savoy State Forest has a peaceful and family-friendly beach spot. Stairs and a ramp lead down to a very lengthy beach with a large roped-off swimming area. There are dozens of picnic tables and grills, a large parking lot and changing facility are located further up the hill.

Richmond Town Beach

Town Beech Road, Richmond

Located at the northwest corner of Richmond Pond, the Richmond Town Beach is a popular recreation spot for local residents in the summer. The spot contains a small sandy beach and picnic area. Pets and smoking are not allowed. It's basic, but cozy.

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Lake Mansfield

Lake Mansfield Road, Great Barrington

Lake Mansfield is a great place for kids, with its long, sandy beach, roped off swimming area, lifeguard on duty, and swing set and play area. Also equipped with bathrooms on site, dozens of picnic tables and grills, lots of parking, and nice walking trails in the woods

Lake Garfield

Tyringham Road, Monterey

At the northwest end of Lake Garfield in Monterey is a public beach and swimming area. With a line of parking spots along Tyringham Road, the beach area includes picnic tables, a boat launch, and a port-a-potty. The slightly downsloping beach has plenty of room for kids to play and parents or older residents to relax in the sun.


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