Summer here in Asheville, NC is such an amazing season. The warm days and cool nights are a perfect combination for my outdoor loving soul! I immerse myself in nature, walk barefoot through the grass, and simply LOVE being outside. Read on to learn a few more things about me-
You already know that I love all things outdoors, and sitting around a campfire definitely falls into this! There is something about sitting around a warm campfire on a cool summer evening, listening to the crackle of the fire, and having great conversation with good friends. Plus, s’mores at our house include peanut butter! You read that right, we include chocolate, marshmallow, and peanut butter on our s’mores! It’s SO good!
Another bonus for campfires at my house- we can see LOTS of stars from our front yard. ✨
There are many incredible swimming holes around Asheville, and I’m sad to say, I don’t go to them enough. When I do though, it’s truly my happy place! I love hiking in to a secluded swimming spot, dipping into the water to cool off, and hanging out on the warm rocks. This is my definition of summer!
A few of my favorite Asheville swimming holes are-
- The pools along the East Fork of the Pigeon River in Pisgah National Forest near Brevard. I like to hike in as far as I desire for the day, and find a quiet pool of water in the river. There are also some fabulous camping spots along this branch of the river for overnight backpacking trips.
- The pools along Big Laurel Creek near Hot Springs. This easy hike follows Big Laurel Creek all the way to the French Broad River. Both have great swimming spots.
- A quiet piece of shoreline at Lake James. Though this is does not require a hike, it does require a paddle. For this option we love to launch your canoe at a public boat ramp and paddle across Lake James to a quiet spot. Here we wade or float in the water for as along as we like. It’s magical!
If you visit any of these spots, drop a comment and let me know what you think!
Note: Always be cognizant of water levels and local rainfall. It is not always safe to swim.
For more swimming spots in western North Carolina, check out 20 Mountain Swimming Holes near Asheville.
Y’all know I love to travel, and in the summer, road trips are my go to! The days are long, the destinations seem endless, and being able to stop and do fun things along the way is always fun! Catching a Major League Baseball game in a major city, checking out a walking tour in a small town, finding a new hike or swimming hole, or even stopping at a nice greenway for a bike ride are all good options when on a road trip. When we head out west in a of couple weeks we will be making dog friendly stops at new to us places to get out and stretch our legs. We can hardly wait!
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