Some popular swimming holes in North Carolina are Sliding Rock in Pisgah National Forest, Skinny Dip Falls along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Hooker Falls in DuPont State Forest and Turtle Back Falls in Gorges State Park. Other popular swimming holes are Nantahala River Jump Off Rock, Cashiers Sliding Rock, Lake James, Silver Run Falls and Bust Your Butt Falls.
Sliding Rock features a natural mountain waterfall that empties into an 8-foot deep pool. On average, 11,000 gallons of water pour over the 60-foot boulder rock every minute. There are no flotation devices allowed other than life jackets. Children under 7 years of age must ride the boulder with an adult. Sliding during high waters or thunderstorms is not allowed.
Skinny Dip Falls sits at the end of a 0.8-mile hiking trail that starts from the Blue Ridge Parkway. The hiking trail is considerate moderate and features only slight inclines. There are three tiers of falls, and the last empties into a clear, deep pool. The total height of the falls is around 30 feet.
Hooker Falls is reachable via a 1/4-mile hike on a gravel road. The water below the waterfall is calm and is considered a safe swimming area.