Friday, August 3, 2012

Swimming Holes of Western North Carolina

A great way to experience the outdoors in Western North Carolina is to hit a local swimming hole. Here are a few options within a short drive of the Andon Reid Inn:

Skinny Dip Falls
Despite its name, Skinny Dip Falls is not a nudist sanctuary. Easy access and a stunning setting make this a must-do if passing through on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Getting There —The short half-mile trail to the falls is directly across the Blue Ridge Parkway from the Looking Glass Overlook at milepost 417.

Hooker Falls
Hooker Falls is the fourth falls on the Little River in DuPont State Forest, one of western North Carolina's new outdoor hot spots. It drops 11 feet into an Olympic-size swimming hole with a rocky, woodsy shoreline on both sides. 

Hooker Falls
Getting There - From the Hooker Falls parking lot in DuPont State Forest, located in southern Transylvania County, Hooker Falls itself is a five-minute walk down the dirt road past the gate. Stay left and follow the river. You can't miss it.

Second Falls at Graveyard Fields:
This beautiful waterfall is just short hike from the parking area on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's a popular swimming hole to splash around in the cool mountain water. 

Second Falls at Graveyard Fields
Getting There: Take the Blue Ridge Parkway to Milepost 418.8. There is a map on the sign at the parking area. Take the trail at the lower end (right side looking away from Parkway) of the parking area. This descends down a paved path through a thick patch of rhododendron, down some steps and to a bridge. Cross the bridge, turn right along the trail until you come to the first trail intersection to the right, and descend a long flight of steps. It’s a bit rocky at the bottom, so take your time and be careful on the slick rocks.

For information about other area watering holes, here are two articles:

1 comment:

  1. A swimming hole. I have never heard of these before, but from the pictures it seems that a swimming hole is a treated outdoor swimming area. Thanks for the post.

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