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5 Best Swimming Holes: Splash down

5 Best Swimming Holes: Splash down

5 Best Swimming Holes: Splash down Looking for a place to cool off in the summer? We’ve got you covered. From the ever-popular and world-famous Sliding Rock to more remote, have-it-all-to-myself spots, here’s our personal list of favorite places to splash down. 5 5 Courthouse Falls Pisgah National Forest Yes, this waterfall is off the beaten track. Yes, the water (because of the abundant shade) is always shiveringly cold. But none of this should dissuade you from visiting one of the most picturesque waterfalls this side of Shangri-La. The pool is roomy enough for several swimmers. And a little notch at the base of the falls makes it possible to slip behind the cascade. All in all, magical. X 4 4 Fawn Lake Dupont State Recreation Forest Not a swimming hole in the strictest sense (it is a lake, after all) but Fawn Lake is a sensational spot to cool off, play hooky, or while away a lazy afternoon. The good news is that the lake is large enough to accommodate lots of folks without anyone feeling like their privacy is being invaded. One big advantage to Fawn Lake is that the water temperature is generally much more moderate than the other river- and stream-fed swimming spots we’ve mentioned. It also has a handy pier that leads out to the deeper section of the lake. X 3 3 Whale Back Pisgah National Forest This is one of our favorite little spots to cool off. In the center of the... Read More
Into The Woods: 1 Day Itinerary

Into The Woods: 1 Day Itinerary

Into The Woods: 1 Day Itinerary If all you want to do is get dirty, sweaty, exhausted and completely exhilarated, you couldn’t pick a better destination. Surrounded by over a million acres of forests, Transylvania County is the best outdoor playground east of the Rockies. Whether you’re a hiker, biker, climber or paddler, there’s a lifetime of discovery waiting for you here. Morning Tackle Pisgah National Forest’s rough, tough Farlow Gap ride, immortalized in this story by Bike Magazine. This monster single track route can dish it out, so come prepared. Afternoon Ice baths are a great way to speed muscle recovery, so cool your extremities post-ride at one of our favorite Pisgah swimming holes, Whale Back (opposite Cove Creek campground), just up the road from the Fish Hatchery. Once you’ve recovered, you still have time for another short ride before dinner. We recommend Brevard’s awesome new multi-use trail, Bracken Preserve. The trailhead is located just behind Brevard Music Center. Evening After dinner in one of Brevard’s awesome eateries, head on over to Brevard Brewing Company and tip back a Bohemian Pilsner or German Hefeweisen with friends as you swap tales about the gonzo descent you made on Farlow. Learn more about... Read More