Sandy beach
No
Cliff jumping
Yes
Hike-in Required
No
Sensitive Habitat
No
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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)

Spring
Summer

Parking Pass

Not Required

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Clear water. Rock hopping.

Cons

Big crowds. Ice-cold water.

Features

Family friendly

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

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

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