Agents Answer: Where are Your Favorite Spots to Cool off?

Where are your favorite places to cool off around WNC?
Midnight Hole | Photo by Amy Fleming

Welcome to the Dog Days of Summer!

Temperatures have been rising and won’t come down anytime soon. Summertime in the mountains can be just as hot as any other place, but there are some secrets to keeping cool during the day and taking advantage of our breezy summer evenings.

Are you new to the Western North Carolina mountains? If so, our secret spots may seem elusive compared to the humid, sun-drenched city centers that are more familiar. Fortunately, our Beverly-Hanks agents are here to help.

We asked them: Where are your favorite places to cool off around WNC?


I love an evening drive up to Antler Village inside the Biltmore Estate along the tree-lined roads, passing deer enjoying cool breezes. An annual pass to Biltmore Estate is a must for locals.

Vivien Snyder

I cool off at the foot of Triple Falls in DuPont State Forest. The water is always refreshing, the rocks are smooth, and it’s a great place for kids and dogs to play.

Gaia Goldman

One of my favorite places to cool off in Western North Carolina is at one of the swimming holes in the Smokies. Midnight Hole is on the Upper Big Creek River (off of the Pigeon) just outside the NC border with Tennessee. It’s so incredibly beautiful there! Climb massive boulders to reach the jump-off location that is surrounded by rhododendron bushes and big oak trees. This location is one of Mother Nature’s finest…but don’t tell anyone else! Brrr…cold water.

Amy Fleming

A great place to cool off during those dog days of summer is the Canton Recreation Park in Haywood County. Their brand new Aquatics Center has a state-of-the-art olympic-sized swimming pool equipped with water slides and splash pads for the kids. Looking for a more natural experience? Skip the pool and hop on an innertube/kayak to cool down while floating the Pigeon River. Put in near the baseball field for a longer float, or utilize the brand new boat launch by the Aquatics Center. Finish your float with a frosty adult beverage (or two) at BearWaters Brewery’s riverside location in Canton!  

Wes Hight

One of my favorite ways to cool off is to go tubing with Headwaters Outfitters in Rosman, NC (Transylvania County) on the pristine headwaters of the French Broad River. Their shuttle service makes it a no-brainer. Afterwards, we like to grab something to eat from one of the regularly scheduled food trucks and a locally-sourced craft beer from their Forks of the River Taproom.

Prentiss Duke Brewer

There are sooo many amazing waterfall hikes in Western North Carolina, but one of my favorite ways to cool off in the summer is to get off the path and go hiking up through the Catawba River to the waterfall. It’s such a great hike with small waterfalls to get under and then end walking on the path to the large waterfall! Very refreshing on a hot day!

Kelly Hetherington

Skinny Dip Falls off the Blue Ridge Parkway and Lower (or Second) Falls at Graveyard Fields are great places to swim or sit and picnic.

Marty Prevost


Live Near Your Favorite Mountain Hangouts! 

With so many ways to have fun and stay cool in the summer, it’s easy to Live Abundantly in WNC! Find a home near one of the great local spots mentioned in this post!


Where’s your favorite place to cool off in the mountains? Let us know in the comments.

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