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Swimming holes?

Jacksonville, North...
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Swimming holes?

I'd like to know some not well known spots to cool off in a creek, some places that are unlikely to have any other people? Are there spots you remember? Please share.

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Chapel Hill, North...
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1. Re: Swimming holes?

If we posted secret ones here, they wouldn't stay secret would they?!

boonencinfo.com/outdoor-adventures/swimming/

theappalachianonline.com/2015/…

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exploreboone.com/outdoors/…

Just be really careful around waterfalls. People die every year from going over, and if the falls are powerful you can get sucked under at the base too and drown that way.

Charlotte, North...
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2. Re: Swimming holes?

Agree with panchopup. On TA, in the past I've made the mistake of mentioning a few not well known natural spots in several of our favorite vacation locations. Go back to those places a year or two later, they are overrun by people, and sadly often by people who have no respect for nature. If you spend some time searching many pages deep into search results, reading blogs, etc. you may find a few secret-type locations, that's how I first discovered a few of our family's favorites.

Additionally, fyi, the info about Hebron Colony Falls on the booneinfo website is incorrect. You can no longer park and access the Falls on Old Turnpike rd. You will be towed and ticketed! It's the police dept's passion! Here's updated info on how to access these large, long, beautiful series of falls. They are well known falls, but there's a lot less people at those falls since Old Turnpike rd. access is no more. We've always been able to find a private spot along those falls. http://www.ncwaterfalls.com/hebron1.htm

Raleigh, North...
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3. Re: Swimming holes?

Boone Fork at Julian Price Park always seems to have people splashing around. Also the Watauga River across from Hound Ears and along 105 from the old Appalachian Angler to the ham sandwich restaurant has some nice spots, but most of the access has been removed. UNCMickey is quite right about Hebon Colony Falls. It is a great spot and may be worth trying to access from Boone Fork Trail, Mountain to Sea Trail, or Uber

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