Local Swimming Holes

We came here for a short getaway from our home & faily in Michigan and we’ve had a wonderful time. The Willow Winds property proved to be all that it had promised and then some. We hope to return with our kids sometime. Asheville was a lot of fun too — very different from what we’re used to. Our favorite eatery was Jack of the Wood’s, We tried the Scotch eggs, some local brew’s and the Sheppard’s pie…all accompanied by some very talented bluegrass musicians.

Thanks Willow Winds for a great place to stay

Jim And Sharon (Michigan)

Pisagh National Park Swimming

Looking Glass falls

The 30ft wide fall drops unbroken more than 60ft over a rock cliff, with the ability to swim in the pool below. Located 4 miles north of the visitor center alongside US276.

Courthouse Falls

Waterfall into river

The falls drops 45ft into a large pool which you can either jump off of or just swim in the pool below. With only a 20 minute round trip hike it is accessible for most anyone to get to. From the intersections of NC215 and FS140 drive 3 miles to trailhead, pull out just beyond creek crossing.

Sliding Rock

Looking glass creek flows over a 60ft smooth rock face into an 8ft deep pool. Visitors can slide down the rock for a two dollar fee. There are restrooms and changing rooms available on site as well.

Rapids in forest


Not only a great place for a picnic with the family, Coontree also has river access where you can fish or swim. There is a 15ft rock you can jump off of as well into the river. Do not worry it is deep enough.

Skinny Dip Falls

This moderate, short hike takes you to an appealing waterfall and swimming hole on the Yellowstone Prong of the Big East Fork of the Pigeon River. It makes a great summer swimming destination. If you’re feeling hoppy, this would make the start of a more strenuous trek into Graveyard Fields.

Family swimming in pond

Other Swimming in Asheville

Warren Wilson Swimming hole

A nice secluded area of east Asheville by the VA Hospital to go swimming on a hot day. There is a place to lay out, wade in the water or swing off a rope swing. Only about 15 mins from your cabin it is a nice place for a quick swim.

Azalea Park swimming hole

Located close to the nature center along the French Broad only 10 mins from your cabin. Nice cool flowing river water which the whole family can jump in and enjoy in the summer heat.

I’m sitting on my favorite rocking chair on the large covered porch ~ looking down the grass hill, past the herb garden to the lovely fish and fountain pond, surrounded by thick trees of every description including two of my favorite ~ Weeping Willows.

The grill is heating; waiting for the lamb chops I bought at the Farmers Market this morning.

I enter the living room with the high ceiling, stone fireplace, leather couches and rocking chairs; which many years ago was a one room cabin.

Sunlight filters through one of the long glass sliding doors which through the other I see my hammock waiting for me.

I’m home again; “Pat’s Place” is mine.



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