Sandy beach
Cliff jumping
Hike-in Required
Sensitive Habitat
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)


Parking Pass

Not Required

Open Year-round



Clear water. Rock hopping.


Big crowds. Ice-cold water.


Family friendly


Nearby Adventures

Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina
Southern Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina


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