Our Favorite Natural Swimming Holes in the Area
The best way to cool off on those hot summer days in Georgia...
If you have ever spent time in Georgia (or the south in general) during summer, then you know just how hot and muggy it can get. Fortunately, we are surrounded by an abundance of natural swimming holes that are sure to cool you off during those humid summer days. And while our beautiful 800+ acre ranch boasts plenty of amenities, you would be doing yourself a great disservice by not hitting at least one or two of these swimming holes during your stay at R-Ranch.
These are our 7 favorite local swimming holes! Do note that these are sorted by distance from R-Ranch.
1. Dick’s Creek Falls – 9.8 miles
Now, I said that these were rated by distance, but Dick’s Creek happens to be not only the closest but a personal favorite. There is a little bit of something for everyone. From jumps for the thrill-seekers to water slides and lazy pools. It doesn’t matter what time of year you visit, this fresh mountain water is always quite cold! One of my favorite local companies, Wander North GA, has a fantastic article on Dick's Creek. You can read it here.
2. Helton Creek Falls – 18.1 miles
Helton Creek Falls is another swimming hole with a variety of things to do. You can hit the natural waterslides or if you are feeling less adventurous, you could lay and relax either in or next to one of the lazy pool areas.
3. Dukes Creek Falls – 21.2 miles
This beautiful area can be found out near Helen, GA. It features an out-and-back trail that is roughly two miles long that will take you to the falls. But you can stop about halfway through and take a dip. We usually visit the falls first and then take an additional dip on the way back to cool off (again).
4. Raven Cliff Falls – 23.8 miles
Now this one isn’t as easy as pulling up and jumping in. But if you are looking for a nice hike mixed with some swimming, Raven Cliff Falls may be for you! You probably won’t be able to play in the actual falls, but there are several areas to stop and get in along the way. This is also a popular place for photography. So photographers, maybe plan your trip so that you can spend some time here during “golden hour”.
5. Edge of the World – 29.7 miles
Looking for that ultimate chill spot for you and the family or friends? This is a fantastic place for anyone. Take a short hike from the car down a boardwalk through the woods and you will end up at a spot where you can hang out on the rocks, play and relax in the rapids, hit some of the natural waterslides, etc… This place is quite popular, so it will be hard to miss the “main” area on a summer day.
6. Blue Hole Falls – 32.7 miles
A little further up the road in Hiawassee, GA is Blue Hole Falls. The swimming area is smaller but great for families. It does also include a nice little hike. And since it isn’t too far out of the way, we recommend making a stop at Brasstown Bald while you’re in the area. If you love views, then you are sure to enjoy the tallest point in Georgia!
7. Tallulah Falls – 43.1 miles
As with most of the areas on the list, you will get to enjoy a beautiful drive on the way to Tallulah Gorge State Park. Here you will find a nice natural waterslide to play on. But you will also find some incredible hikes as well as views. If you have never been here, it should certainly be high on your list. It is also another popular area for photographers, especially in the fall!
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