We’re right on the heels of summer, but this sunny spring weather has got us thinking about taking to the mountain trails to find a swimming hole to enjoy for the day. RootsRated.com put together this great list of the best swimming holes within 2 hours of Asheville and, with Memorial day approaching fast, you might want to keep this guide handy for a relaxing weekend stay-cation.

  1. Sliding Rock
    Eight miles outside of Brevard in the Pisgah National Forest.
    Ever wanted to try out a natural slip and slide? Well now’s your chance. Sliding Rock offers the perfect landscape and smooth rock face to careen you into a crisp, cool 6-foot-deep pool. Lifeguards are on duty Memorial Day through Labor Day between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm.
  2. Skinny Dip Falls
    Half mile off the Blue Ridge Parkway on the Mountains-to-Sea-Trail.
    This swimming hole has got it all – waterfalls, rocks for jumping off into the deep plunge pool, and even a wading area for the younger visitors. But don’t worry, as RootsRated pointed out, Skinny Dip Falls is not actually a clothing-optional swimming hole as the name implies!
  3. Compression/Twisted Falls
    Located within the Cherokee National Forest. Your best landmark is Elk Mills Store on Route 321 in Elk Mills, TN. Find a map here.
    Just under 2 hours outside of Asheville, the Cherokee National Forest provides some of the best cliff jumping spots and swimming holes in the area. The 40-foot Twisted Falls waterfall cascades into the Elk River, providing the perfect scenic swimming hole you can find. But this trip is not for the faint of heart – be ready to tackle a steep, mile-long hike before you can jump in!
  4. Hooker Falls
    Located in the DuPont State Forest. Park in the Hooker Falls parking area.
    Picturesque is the best way to describe Hooker Falls. With no current or downstream waterfalls, you can float all day, sunbathe, or take a turn on the rope swing! And for those who want to reap the rewards with little work, Hooker Falls is only a quarter-mile trek from the parking area.
  5. Midnight Hole
    Located in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Park at the Big Creek Campground parking lot.
    Take an easy 1.4-mile hike out to Midnight Hole and you will find yourself immersed in the cool, dark emerald waters perfect for a day of relaxation. RootsRated describes it best as “a refreshing oasis from the oppressive humidity of a Carolina Summer.” We couldn’t agree more.

Head over to RootsRated’s list of “The Top 5 Swimming Holes Near Asheville” for even more information and to see impressive photos of the swimming holes and waterfalls nearby. Plus, if you stick around their site long enough, you might even come across some more hiking and biking trails, outdoor adventures, and experiences you haven’t heard of before in the Asheville area!

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