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Skinny Dip Falls


An unforgettable swimming hole, perfect for hot summer days.

Hiking Moderate

1.5 km
58 m
58 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.3 km
High Point
1.4 km
Skinny Dip Falls Map

Skinny Dip Falls is a classic waterfall hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway, perfect for a hot summer day. Several swimming holes, including one that's ~6 feet deep, make it a popular summer destination for the entire family - including the dog.


The short hike begins at milepost 417 along the Blue Ridge Parkway, also known as the Looking Glass Rock Overlook. The parking lot is often overflowing during peak summertime, so get an early start to the day to avoid the excessive crowds. Roadside parking and overflow parking area can be found just beyond the overlook.

To begin the hike, cross the road and look for the sign denoting the path to the MST (Mountains to Sea Trail). Nearly 1,200 miles long, the MST connects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the Outer Banks and this hike follows it's white circular blazes to the swimming hole. This particular segment is very gradual, with only occasional rocks and roots lining the way. Most would consider the hike easy-to-moderate.

There is no running water or restrooms at the trailhead, no fee to access the falls, and no lifeguard on duty. Just a short drive up the road, the iconic Graveyard Fields is another popular destination for a day hike to a waterfall. You can find vault toilets there, but no water.

Sources: https://www.romanticasheville.com/skinnydipfalls.htm



Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between April and October


  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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