Lake James, N.C. Awesome water for swimming and paddling with killer views of Shortoff and sweet views as the sun sets over the Black Mountains.
Flat Laurel Creek, Pisgah, N.C. Huge boulders, one swimming hole after the other.
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For 469 miles, the Blue Ridge Parkway follows the ridgeline of the Southern Appalachians, connecting Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina with Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park. Along that stretch of two-lane blacktop are countless trails and backroads -- some of which lead to ice-cold swimming holes.
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