Here are our favorite natural swimming holes in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville to cool off on a hot summer's day. Sliding Rock is always the most popular (and most crowded). Only Sliding Rock and the beaches at Lake Lure and Lake James have lifeguards. So be very careful. We've included a few safe waterfalls that have room for splashing around at the base. Never get into water above a waterfall since the currents can be very strong. Also, watch our Photo Tour of the Top 10 Swimming Holes. Enjoy!
Best Mountain Swimming Spots
Many of the Top 60 Waterfalls that we feature are NOT safe for swimming or even wading. Careless visitors are killed every year from falling or drowning. And rocks around waterfalls are often very slippery. Stay on the trails!