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Refresh yourself in the cool waters of the NC Smokies

Looking for a refreshing way to enjoy the great outdoors in the Smoky Mountains of Haywood County? Look no further! With its stunning natural beauty and abundance of waterways, Haywood County offers a wide range of water activities that are perfect for relaxation and adventure.

Kayaking & Paddleboarding

Experience the tranquility of a relaxing afternoon kayaking or paddleboarding. Take in the beautiful surroundings as you explore the calm waters. And the best part? You don’t have to worry about bringing your own equipment, as rentals are readily available for your convenience at Lake Junaluska Outfitters.


Experience the joy of tubing down the pristine waters of the Pigeon River. Kick your feet up, take a load off, and let the gentle current carry you along for approximately 2 hours of pure relaxation. At Pigeon River Outfitters, you can enjoy a lazy river experience with tubing, minicat, kayaking, canoeing, or paddleboarding.

Swimming Holes

One popular swimming hole that should be on your list is the Sunburst Swimming Hole. Situated just a few miles above Lake Logan on the Pigeon River, Sunburst is easily accessible and offers ample parking. With both upper and lower swimming areas, as well as rocks and beach areas for relaxation, it’s a great spot to unwind and enjoy the clear mountain waters.

For those who love a combination of hiking and swimming, Graveyard Fields on the Blue Ridge Parkway is the ultimate destination. This 3.2-mile hike treats you to multiple waterfall features and swimming areas where you can splash around and cool off. Just be prepared for larger crowds on hot summer days, as Graveyard Fields is a popular hiking spot.

Note: While engaging in water activities, always prioritize safety and follow any guidelines or regulations provided by local authorities and outfitters.

Smoky Mountains Waterfalls

Haywood County is home to the most beautiful waterfalls in the Smoky Mountains. We have 18 different hiking trails with waterfalls ranging from beginner to advanced, giving you and your fellow explorers plenty of opportunities for waterfall sightseeing in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Grab your hiking boots and make your way to the pristine, iconic Smoky Mountains waterfalls of Haywood County. With hikes ranging from a few feet to several miles, Waynesville, Maggie Valley, and the surrounding area boast some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Great Smoky Mountains. Don’t believe us? See for yourself.

Check Out These Wicked Cool Waterfalls

Get Wet & Wild In the NC Smokies





Looking Glass Waterfall

Waynesville, NC 28786
Soco Falls
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
13077 U.S. 19 West
Bryson City, NC 28713
3541 Hartford Road
91 North Lakeshore Drive
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745
Big Creek Trailhead
Lake Logan Rd, Canton, NC 28716
Lake Logan Road
Canton, NC 28716