Swimming Hole Hikes

  • Jul 16 - Sep 3, 2022
  • Various

    McAdenville, North Carolina 28101
Ticket Price $30.00 This event is now over
Description

Explore the Northern Catawba River Basin through trails and swimming holes! These guided adventurous hikes to swimming holes are hosted by Engagement Manager Greg Nance from July through September. Each outing will offer an immersive experience over the mountains and through the streams to a few of our favorite swimming spots. These hikes are for intermediate to advanced hikers willing to commit to 3-6 miles of hiking through steep and rugged terrain!

 

July 16: 10am-3pm - Gragg Prong in Pisgah National Forest, Linville, NC

Explore the beautiful Gragg Prong Falls in Pisgah National Forest in Linville, NC! Gragg Prong is a tributary stream to Lost Cove Creek which flows into Wilson Creek and in the upper northern section of the Wilson Creek Wilderness Area. Learn about this area’s recreational opportunities, history and what Catawba Riverkeeper is doing to ensure this precious area and the whole river basin stays clean and plentiful for everyone and everything to thrive. There are no signs marking the parking area so finding this place is half of the adventure! We’ll have a picnic above the falls and enjoy the swimming hole for around an hour before heading back. The Gragg Prong Trail is 2 miles long so expect to hike 4 miles in total on this rugged path. We recommend bringing hiking poles, a day pack, snacks, lunch and plenty of water

 

August 6: 10am-3pm - Upper Creek Falls in Pisgah National Forest, Newland, NC

Upper Creek Falls may be the prettiest waterfall in all of North Carolina! It is in a beautifully forested setting with multiple cascades and a swimming hole complete with a rope swing! Upper Creek roughly forms the western boundary of the Harper Creek and Wilson Creek region of Pisgah National Forest and near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Learn about this area’s recreational opportunities, history about the area and what Catawba Riverkeeper is doing to ensure this precious area and the whole river basin stays clean and plentiful for everyone and everything to thrive. While the Upper Creek loop trail is 1.5 miles, we will walk a bit further to access to swimming hole. Expect to hike approximately 4 miles on steep terrain. We’ll enjoy lunch at the swimming hole and continue our hike to the lower falls and natural waterslide.  We recommend bringing hiking poles, a day pack, snacks, lunch and plenty of water. 

 

September 3: 10am-3pm - Harper Creek Falls in Pisgah National Forest, Collettsville, NC

Harper Creek Falls is one of the most popular swimming holes in this area during the summer. This is why we are checking it out in September!  Harper Creek is the largest tributary of Wilson Creek. This area is home to several spectacular waterfalls in the shadow of Grandfather Mountain.  Learn about this area’s recreational opportunities, history about the area and what Catawba Riverkeeper is doing to ensure this precious area and the whole river basin stays clean and plentiful for everyone and everything to thrive. The Harper Creek Falls Trail is 2.8 miles so please expect to hike approximately 6 miles on rugged and steep terrain. We’ll enjoy lunch at the swimming hole. We recommend bringing hiking poles, a day pack, snacks, lunch and plenty of water. 

Restrictions:

  • Youth must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Must be 18 years of age to purchase tickets.

Weather Policy:

If we have to cancel this program due to weather, we will provide a refund to all ticketed guests. We will do our best to notify guests of cancellations at least 2 hours in advance.

 

Refund Policy:

You may cancel your ticket up to 24 hours before your scheduled date for a full refund. If we must cancel due to weather or water level, your ticket will be fully refunded that day and you will see the refund 3-5 business days after the refund is submitted. 

 

 

Date & Time

Jul 16 - Sep 3, 2022

Venue Details

Various

McAdenville, North Carolina 28101 Various
Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation

We educate and advocate to protect the Catawba-Wateree River Basin’s lakes, rivers and streams for everyone who depends on and enjoys them.

Thank you for your interest and support of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, a 501c3 organization. Through this Kayak Rental program, you are helping us further our mission of sustaining plentiful, clean water for generations to come. 

The Catawba-Wateree River Basin encompasses 26 counties, 8900 miles of waterways, 5000 square miles of land and a 225 mile stretch of continuous river from Lake James in NC to Lake Marion in SC.


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