If you’re looking for a fun family afternoon in the great outdoors, check out one of our favorite hikes for a summertime splash – Skinny Dip Falls. This short hike to idyllic falls and swimming hole on the Yellowstone Prong of the Big East Fork of the Pigeon River is perfect for a relaxing afternoon and well within the limits of even the littlest of hikers. Cross the road at the parking area and follow the path next to milepost 417 up the hill and follow the Mountains-to-Sea trail straight at the intersection. Enjoy a quick jog uphill and follow the ever-increasing volume of the Yellowstone Prong downhill and prepare to cool off in one of the most popular swimming holes in Western North Carolina.
Map: NatGeo 780; Pisgah Ranger District Location: From Asheville, take the Blue Ridge Parkway south past Mount Pisgah and US 276 to milepost 417. Park at the Looking Glass Overlook on your left-hand side.