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Skinny Dip Falls

Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina

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  • The start of the trail.- Skinny Dip Falls
  • The trail winds through dense forest.- Skinny Dip Falls
  • Follow the white arrows and blazes.- Skinny Dip Falls
  • Dense broadleaf forest along the trail to Skinny Dip Falls.- Skinny Dip Falls
  • The largest falls with the jumping area to the right.- Skinny Dip Falls
  • Skinny Dip Falls.- Skinny Dip Falls
  • Skinny Dip Falls.- Skinny Dip Falls
  • Lots of opportunity to rock hop above the falls.- Skinny Dip Falls
  • Rock hopping above the falls.- Skinny Dip Falls
  • A small cascade above the falls.- Skinny Dip Falls
  • Looking downstream toward Skinny Dip Falls.- Skinny Dip Falls
  • The stairs and bridge to cross the river.- Skinny Dip Falls
  • The view from the parking area.- Skinny Dip Falls
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Clear water. Rock hopping.
Cons: 
Big crowds. Ice-cold water.
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Region:
Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
Congestion: 
High
Location type: 
Cliff jumping
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Don't let the name fool you: Skinny Dip Falls is not the place to skinny dip. It is, however, an amazing swimming hole, and a great place to spend an afternoon. This series of small falls and cascades provides three great swimming spots, a few rocks to jump from, and a great fly-fishing hole.

Skinny Dip Falls is a short, easy-to-moderate hike through beautiful trees and the occasional wildflower patch. The trail is rooted in sections, but it is well maintained with timbers, footbridges, and a staircase. This trail is very well known and extremely popular during the summer, so get there early or go during the middle of the week rather than the weekends.

If the falls become too crowded for your liking, follow the creek up for a fun rock hop with a few more small falls and cascades. The hike is a simple out-and-back, so when it's time to head home, simply head back the way you came.

Cliff Jumping Safety

Swimming holes and cliff jumping can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable outdoor activities that pose significant risks regarding personal safety. Changing water levels, unseen rocks, and river bottoms that have shifted with currents and seasonal weather can turn a well-known jumping area into a serious hazard. Prior to engaging in these activities, extensively scout the current conditions, and understand the risks involved with serious injury and the logistical challenges of evacuation from the water so you can make safe decisions.

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