Skinny Dip Falls

EASY 147 reviews

Skinny Dip Falls is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Canton, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
167 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

This is a very easy trail that anyone could hike. The swimming hole is gorgeous. In the summer, if you can go on a weekday morning you can avoid most of the crowds.

hiking
3 days ago

Really enjoyed the hike to the falls. The trail is gorgeous, and the "obstacles" walking in and around rocks and tree roots made it interesting. Definitely not difficult, since we saw many people with young children during the hike. Took our two Chihuahuas along and they had no problem with the terrain. The falls at the end made the hike well worth it.

23 days ago

Easy. Nice clear water swimming hole

hiking
27 days ago

Oh my gosh of my favorite falls thus far. So gorgeous. Hike isn’t bad.

hiking
29 days ago

Loved the water fall. Was so much fun!!

1 month ago

Swiming hole!!! Much more private than Graveyard Fields just up the road.

An easy hike over a well maintained trail. Easy parking. A must stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Despite the name, wear your fur. Otherwise there might be pointing, giggling, and shrinkage.

Five woofs!

hiking
1 month ago

Shady trail and nice enough but no great views as you go along. Agree it’s is easy for anyone that can go up and down hills. The real attraction is the falls at the end. Very pretty. The swimming hole is family-friendly and crowded at midday.

hiking
1 month ago

Short hike. Again fair amount of people there on a hot day... but definitely not crowded. Bring some water shoes and don’t be afraid to get wet.

1 month ago

Super easy hike to awesome (small) waterfall and swimming hole. It is extremely busy on nice weekends so get there early to beat the crowds!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful falls with a lot of swim holes on up the falls if you want to do a little climbing to find them. We got there about 9:30 (Mon 7/2/18) and it wasn’t crowded, but it was getting pretty packed by the time we left. The water was definitely refreshing!! Great short hike off the parkway.

hiking
1 month ago

Was a nice little hike. We went late morning when it was not crowded. We took our senior dog, but the trail consisted of too many steps for her to be comfortable. The falls and swimming hole were very scenic. Parking at the outlook across the road made it simple. Had a great simple hike, we recommend going!

1 month ago

super easy walk to the falls. beautiful and COLD! went around 5pm. there was a good amount of people there

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail, family friendly!

2 months ago

The hike got my heart pumping.... the falls are beautiful, the water clear. It’s worth the trek.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is easy and decent. It does smell funny but I feel the vegetation is to blame more so than dog feces. The falls are beautiful and people don't take their trash with them when they leave as the area around the falls was littered with cigarette butts, discarded water bottles, and clothing. Its really a disappointment because the falls are so nice. Also you might want to review the trail map before you leave out because the mountains to sea trail is a blue trail but the skinny dip falls trail color is white we started in the wrong location and almost went the wrong way.

2 months ago

Beautiful and quick hike. We had a great albeit freezing time playing in the various pools beneath the falls with the little one.

hiking
3 months ago

A quick simple hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway (park at the Looking Glass Rock Overlook and access is right across the road). Pathway was easy to navigate with stone steps on the hilly portions. An easy hike with the reward of a very beautiful natural waterfall and swimming hole. I went late morning mid-week and met only one other couple. Explore the banks downstream and you can easily find a quiet area to have a picnic and enjoy the sound of the water.

hiking
3 months ago

great short hike to a beautiful series of falls and pools. very refreshing and very cool water after you work up a sweat.

only downside were way too many dogs on the trail and there skat.

love dogs, but really? not the place...

the trail was great and the falls were great

3 months ago

Great hike! Short and sweet, has a really great waterfall and pools. Has rocks and steps so going can be slick in the rain.

3 months ago

Great little swimming hole included with scenic falls

7 months ago

Very easy trail that anyone could hike (my 80 yr old grandmother did it). The swimming hole is gorgeous the only reason I cannot give 5 stars is because of how crowded it can get (we went in the summer). If you can avoid the crowds and go on a weekday morning I’m sure it would be beautiful and relaxing.

8 months ago

Beautiful falls and wonderful weather.

hiking
9 months ago

Very nice and easy to get to.

hiking
11 months ago

Really fun spot for swimming. Lots of people, noise, kids, and dogs. Lots of trash laying around unfortunately. Relatively short distance, the up/down uneven surface to get there makes it moderate. Careful with wandering little ones, there are some areas where if they fall from the trail it's certain death. You can explore a little to either side of the main area if you're into rock hopping. Super slippery. There are a few smaller swimming holes if you look around.

hiking
11 months ago

Easy trail. Quiet view. Only negative is the trash and debris people leave behind.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Short but great!

hiking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

One of my all time favorite hikes!

Friday, July 28, 2017

One of the best waterfalls for us. Short but hard hike from the parkway. Swimming, exploring and jumping off of rocks into the cold pools. Fun!

hiking
Monday, July 17, 2017

Short hike was perfect for the two year old. Great picnic at the falls but very, very crowded. Would recommend!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Great trail! Shaded and not a tough walk. Definitely worth it!

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