North Carolina’s Most Refreshing Hike Will Lead You Straight To A Beautiful Swimming Hole

As the Blue Ridge Parkway meanders through North Carolina, there are a number of can’t-miss sights. From overlooks that afford views down into deep gorges to passage through majestic tunnels cut through the earth, waterfalls galore, and even a look at the tallest mountain peak east of the Mississippi, it’s no wonder this National Park Service unit is one of the top two visited national parks in America. That being said, it can be difficult to prioritize what you can fit into one parkway excursion. If there is one waterfall along the parkway that you should pull over for a dip in the natural swimming hole, it’s Skinny Dip Falls.

The trailhead is located across the street from the Looking Glass Rock Overlook at milepost 417. There is no marker for the trail, however it follows the Mountains To Sea Trail. Enter the trail, pass the big tree (you’ll know it when you see it) and then continue straight. At the top of the first natural set of stairs, veer left. Learn more at this link on

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Address: Skinny Dip Falls Trailhead, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Canton, NC 28716, USA