Swimming Holes

In and Around Sapphire Valley!

A good, cold dip into an ol' time swimming hole refreshes the soul!
Scroll down for the top local swimming holes with info, maps and videos!

Silver Run Falls

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Silver Run Falls

One of the easiest to access, Silver Run Falls is a 20-25 foot waterfall about 3 miles south of Cashiers, North Carolina. The image above is also from Silver Run Falls swimming hole!

Silver Run Falls is a 20-25 foot waterfall about 3 miles south of Cashiers, North Carolina. A small gravel parking area on the left as you are headed south on 107 is the trail head.
After a 200 flat walk you arrive at the base of lower Silver Run Falls. This is the easiest true swimming hole to access!
There is actually a second set falls located above Silver Run. There is a rough trail to Upper Silver Run Falls on the left side at the wood line. Swimming is not available there.

Silver Run Falls Map



Proceed south on Highway 107 from the Cashiers crossroads about 3 miles. As you drive along the flat road and the edge of the Cashiers Plateau, the road will begin to drop down toward South Carolina. Just about 300 yards down will be Silver Run gravel parking area on your left. (Note: This map shows a temporary congested area.)

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Silver Run Falls, North Carolina -- 4K Cinematic

Silver Run Falls in the Nantahala National Forest is just four miles south of Cashiers in Jackson County. This 25-ft. waterfall cascades into a tranquil pool with a small beach area. So it's a popular swimming spot in the North Carolina mountains. This means it can be crowded on hot days since its safe for small children to enjoy the water. But on other days, you can often enjoy all by yourself..
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Cashiers' Sliding Rock

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Sliding Rock

Sliding Rock just south of Cashiers in Whiteside Cove  is one of the more popular swimming holes as it is easy to reach.

Sliding Rock just south of Cashiers is one of the more popular swimming holes as it is easy to reach, just over 4 miles from the crossroads in Cashiers.
The Chattoga River has a very good flow year round over this 10' high sliding rock and pool area.

Cashiers Sliding Rock

Directions to Cashiers's Sliding Rock

From the Cashiers crossroads, travel south on 107 for 1.7 miles to Whiteside Cove Road and turn right. Travel 2.7 miles where you will cross a small bridge and see a small parking area just past this bridge and to the right. There are a couple of trails that lead from two parking areas. You'll hear the rushing water once you get out of your car.

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Cashiers, North Carolina has its own Sliding Rock, just like Brevard!

Cashiers Sliding Rock is a natural waterslide, created by the Chattooga River gliding over a 10-foot high rock face with a few large potholes. Cashiers Sliding Rock is a great place to bring the kids to play in the pool at the bottom of the sliding rock or take the exciting slide into the pool.

Turtleback Falls

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Turtleback Falls

For the more adventurous, Turtleback Falls in Gorges State Park is your target! The falls is located on the Horsepasture River in the Pisgah National Forest.

The falls is usually accessed by a hike starting in Gorges State Park which passes through Pisgah National Forest property. The hike in is rated difficult but worth the trip as you will pass Rainbow Falls.
Turtleback Falls is a popular place for swimming and people frequently slide over the falls into the Chug Hole during low water. However, after heavy rain the water flow can generate dangerous currents! Do not attempt to swim below Turtleback Falls as it flows over Rainbow Falls just downstream and going over Rainbow Falls would be fatal!

WARNING: The rangers at Gorges State Park do not support swimming at Turtleback Falls. This is private property and swimmers have been hurt here and rescue is difficult. No small children should attempt to swim here. SLIDE AND SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK!

That said, watch the video below and make your own decision.

Directions to Turtleback Falls

Directions to Turtleback Falls

Gorges State Park 976 Grassy Ridge Road Sapphire, NC 28774 828-966-9099

From the Cashiers crossroads, proceed East on Highway 64 approximately 10 miles and turn right on Highway 281. The Grassy Ridge Access (west side of the park) is approximately 1 mile down 281 on the left. 

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Turtleback Falls NC- Rocksliding Paradise

Turtleback Falls, aka Umbrella Falls, is an epic waterfall in Western North Carolina that is perfect for a day of sliding and launching yourself into a cool pool of water 20 feet below!. The falls is located on the Horsepasture River in the Pisgah National Forest. You can access the falls via a by a hike starting in Gorges State Park which passes through the beautiful Pisgah National Forest

Silver Run Images: John Baker, YouTube, Published on Feb 7, 2015 , and  hellifiknow11 Published on Jun 7, 2015 

Sliding Rock: Backroad Planet, Youtube Published on Jun 20, 2017

Turtleback: Turtleback 1 Chris Black Published on Sep 19, 2016

Some content: wikipedia

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