Here in the mountains of WNC, leaf season – between late Sept. to late Nov. – gets a lot of press, while summer tends to get the short end of the stick. But for locals in the know, summer is the sweetest time to be here thanks to all of our great swimming spots, from pools to waterfalls, and swimming holes + lakes. Now before you say “oh ship!” don’t worry, we’re keeping your secret swimming holes under the current.
So in honor of summer in all her flaming glory (it’s hot out there, y’all), we’ve rounded up the best ways to cool down this summer, plus all the info you need to make a day of it.
All Asheville City pools are closed due to COVID-19.
🏊Buncombe County Pools are open with additional safety + sanitation measures in place. Two swimming sessions are scheduled Mon.-Fri. from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 2:15-5:15 p.m and on Sat. from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. Pools are open Sun. from 1-6 p.m. Cost is $3 per person and reservations are recommended due to reduced capacity.
🌊 Cane Creek Pool, 590 Lower Brush Creek Rd., Fletcher
🌊 Erwin Pool, 58 Lees Creek Rd.
🌊 Hominy Valley Pool, 25 Twin Lakes Rd., Candler
🌊 North Buncombe Pool, 892 Clarks Chapel Rd., Weaverville
🌊 Owen Pool, 117 Stone Dr., Swannanoa
Swimming holes + lakes
Please note that some of these locations are “swim at your own risk,” so use caution + your best judgement. You should never climb on or around waterfalls.
🌊Hooker Falls, 210 Staton Rd., Hendersonville | Free | The only waterfall area in Dupont State Forest that is safe for swimming also has spots to watch the fun or have a picnic. Check before heading out; the trail closed July 4 for maintenance.
🌊Looking Glass Falls, Brevard | Free | You can see this 60-ft. waterfall from the road, but pull over and take the stairs down to the base to be treated to the full view. Swimming is safest when water levels are low.
🌊Paradise Falls, 14091 Canada Rd., Tuckasegee | Free | Two swimming pools on the picturesque Wolf Creek. Caution: The hike to the falls is steep and very challenging, and you should never attempt to climb the falls and jump off.
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Check out our guide to lakes within two hours of Asheville here for even more swimming inspo.