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EXPLANATION OF SOME TERMS USED
We try to list towns beginning
with a major, well known town (e.g., Atlanta) then smaller towns that
are closer to the actual swimming hole (e.g., Atlanta, Dahlonega,
We list places where people
customarily swim, whether offically sanctioned or not. If swimming is
illegal and we are aware of it, we note this prominently.
OFFICIAL: Indicates it is declared to be a swimming place by
whoever owns and operates it. (e.g., signed, maintained, facilities,
perhaps lifeguarded) UNOFFICAL: Means it is not OFFICIAL. The safety and
legality of visiting "Unofficial" places cannot be assured. Our
intent is to relay this information as accurately as possible; but we
do not "direct" the public to use these Unoffical swimming holes. Each
visitor is personally responsible for safety and legality (including
observance of private property) each time a place is visited.
indicates whether one would expect to be clothed, nude or free to choose:
REQUIRED: Usually applies to an "official" swimming area
where the public authority that oversees the area requires bathing
CUSTOMARY: Usually applies to unofficial swimming places
where there is a family crowd and/or a site which is very exposed.
Sometimes it is based on observations by myself or others that everyone
there seems to always be clothed. OPTIONAL: Usually applies to more secluded spots or
observations by myself or others that persons there are sometimes nude.
May also apply to official places that are sanctioned for nude bathing.
indicates how sure we are that there is a swimming hole in the place we say it is:
VERY CONFIDENT: Either we have been there, one of our most
trusted users have been there, or we have had several detailed reports
that corroborate the swimming hole and its location.
PRETTY CONFIDENT: We've had a very specific, detailed report
as to the location or found it in a publication that seems
authoritative. Maybe found a reported swimming place on a map (like a
waterfall) but am not totally sure you can swim there. UNCERTAIN: Got the information that there is a swimmming
hole in this place but only from single, maybe not very specific source
or one that had confusing directions. Can't guarantee you will find it.
VERY UNCERTAIN: Picked up some vague information that there
is a swimming hole near this place but am not sure and don't have good
directions. It is quite possible you will not find it, but... Here's
hoping that someday you or we will follow this vague lead and pin it
down one way or the other.
YES: We have been there to verify that the swimming place is where we say it is. Often the date of the visit is noted.
NO: Have not been there yet. If we try to find it but cannot, this is usually noted in the DIRECTIONS section.
LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE-GENERAL
We have added coordinates
to all our swimming holes. One thing we have learned is that
there are different "datums" that are used for maps, GPS units, etc..
We presently use the NAD83/WGS84 datum for all our lat, lon
information. For a discussion of latitude, longitude and datums,
see VTP site. For an excellent tutorial about GPS see TRIMBLE site.
LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE-"ACCURACY"
"ACCURACY" (of latitude and longitude) indicates how close we think the coordinates are to the actual swimming place:
EXACT: Means we think that if you get in the swimming hole
with your GPS set on NAD83 you will read these coordinates (hopefully).
Either we have been there and got the coordinates or we have been able
to look up the exact swimming hole location by name (e.g., waterfalls,
springs, lakes, etc.).
APPROXIMATE: Means that we think the swimming hole is within
.25 to .5 miles of these coordinates. Usually applies to a swimming
place that we believe is very near a landmark that we can look up on
Topozone but is not exactly at the landmark.
GENERAL AREA: Means that we think the swimming hole is within
1 to 2 miles of these coordinates. Usually applies to a swimming place
that we believe is along a short piece of road or a creek but we don't
know exactly where. Could also apply to an area (like a State Park or
network of trails and creeks) that we know has one or more swimming
holes but we can't pin them down on a map enough to give a more
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