Skinny Dip Falls is a personal favorites of ours, as a waterfall & hidden swimming hole, collectively. It has a tropical paradise feel similar to a Hawaiian utopia. And don’t let the name fool you – it’s *not* a clothing optional waterfall/swimming hole.
It’s located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 417 – visitors can park at the viewpoint for Looking Glass Rock & cross the parkway to access its hiking path. There are no signs directing you – just follow the Mountains-To-Sea Trail and bear left after the small stairs. The distance to the Falls is reasonable – under 1 mile with small elevation changes. In the summer, it’s a popular swimming hole, but there are several spots to explore here, so it doesn’t tend to get overly crowded. You can also visit in the Winter to have the entire spot to yourself. “
Skinny Dip Falls, Blue Ridge Parkway, Canton, NC, USA