North Carolina has no shortage of amazing waterfalls, with Transylvania County being home to over 200 alone. With so many waterfalls, it can be tempting to take a dip in each and every one. Many are not suitable or safe for swimming, but others are just perfect for taking a dip…like these 12.
1. Lower Cascade Falls
Located at Hanging Rock, this shallow pool is perfect for wading or cooling off after a strenuous hike on one of Hanging Rock's many trails.
2. Silver Run Falls
In the Nantahala National Forest, Silver Run Falls is accessed by a quick hike. This 25-ft. waterfall is beautifully impressive, offers a small beach for wading, and pool by the fall with nothing but the finest, mountain water.
3. Skinny Dip Falls
With a three mile hike conveniently off the Blue Ridge Parkway, you can't beat everything Skinny Dip has to offer. A jump off rock, a deep pool for splashing in, and a gorgeous waterfall. It's that quintessential North Carolina swimming hole experience.
4. Looking Glass Falls
Two miles down U.S 276, past sliding rock, is Looking Glass Falls. This impressive waterfall makes for breathtaking scenery. The pool is perfect for dipping your toes in after a long mountain hike. While not the deepest, young children will be able to splash and play next to an immaculate waterfall...what a fun experience!
5. Deep Creek
Located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Deep Creek is a popular destination for tubing. Take a pit stop at Tom Branch Falls to take it all in.
6. Elk River Falls
This gorgeous and safe swimming hole rests beneath Elk River Falls. A sandy beach leading into the water makes a great place to prop a chair or towel and spend the day relaxing. Sometimes the water can get a bit strong, so always use caution when swimming here.
7. Hooker Falls
For a swimming hole with plenty of swimming, Hooker Falls is your destination. Grab a tube and float along while enjoying the calm sound of a waterfall. Or live a little and try out the rope swing. Located in DuPont State Forest, Hooker Falls is a popular destination for a cool dip on a hot day.
8. Sliding Rock
More of a 'natural waterslide' than waterfall, this adrenaline packed experience is perfect for making the most of everything the North Carolina mountains have to offer. Read all about it
9. Upper Creek Falls
This gorgeous swimming hole in the Pisgah National Forest comes with its very own rope swing! You'll love the multiple cascades and relaxed pools perfect for cooling off after a day in the mountains.
10. Turtleback Falls
Located at Gorges State Park, Turtleback Falls is another natural waterslide, but this one is a lot less known than Sliding Rock. Take a slip, then a dip!
11. Cashiers Sliding Rock
Another great secret in the land of waterfalls, Cashiers Sliding Rock. Spend the day hiking, then get a rush of adrenaline sliding down the rock or keep it simple and just wade in the pool.
12. Schoolhouse Falls
Located in Panthertown Valley, this impressive waterfall might seem daunting, but has a pool safe for splashing. The 2.5 mile roundtrip hike is well worth it.
Have you taken a dip in any of these waterfalls? Any you want to add to the list?