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: We’re in the middle of the Dog Days of Summer. Where are your favorite places to cool off around WNC?
“I live just a hop, skip, and a jump to Montreat, NC. There are beautiful walking trails that are very shaded. They also have created a beautiful park with huge, shallow streams. I love to sit on the rocks and put my feet in the icy cold water and watch the kids play in it. There are picnic tables, a clean restroom, and plenty of gym structures. This is our favorite place to take our grandchildren. Best of all it is free!”
“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.”