Swimming Holes

Swimming Holes

Abrams Falls Trail:

Abrams Falls Located within Cades Cove, this deep swimming hole is a popular spot between spring and early fall. There is a 2.5-mile hike to get there, but it’s definitely worth the effort! It is a very large swimming hole, around 100 feet wide in all directions, so there will be plenty of room to splash around even when it is busy. However, make sure that you don’t swim too close to the turbulent waterfall.


Greenbrier Swimming Hole:

greenbrier swimming hole

Located near Gatlinburg on the Little Pigeon River, the Greenbrier swimming hole is an easily accessible spot from route 321. This is a deep part of the river so it is great for swimming and it is not widely known by tourists, so it is peaceful and quiet. It is also a superb spot for sunbathing on the large stones. It is one of the cleanest mountain rivers in the entire park.

Metcalf Bottoms Swimming Area:

metcalf bottoms

This picnic area is located between Townsend and Gatlinburg and offers access to the Little Greenbrier River. There are several shallow swimming holes that are scattered around a picnic area and it is a perfect place to throw a tube into the water and just relax in the sunshine. There are also many tables around the water where you could have a picnic.

Midnight Hole:

Hike to Midnight Hole: Click to visit page.

This popular swimming hole is part of Big Creek and is characterized by large boulders and a small waterfall. It is deep enough to swim in throughout the year. It is also close to some nearby natural attractions including Mouse Branch Falls. Midnight Hole is known as one of the best swimming holes in the Great Smoky Mountains and the water is so deep that when the sun shines through the pool has a beautiful dark shimmering light.

The Sinks:

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Located near Townsend on Little River Road, The Sinks is a scenic location accessible by vehicle. While swimming around the cascades beneath the bridge would be extremely dangerous and downright impossible, the area to the west of it is features shallow entry waters and a rock that people frequently jump from to reach the deeper swimming waters below.

Townsend Wye:

The Townsend Wye: Click to visit page.

This is a great swimming hole for families on a hot summer day, and it's free. Locally known as just the Y, this huge swimming hole features small rapids for tubes, a jump off rock, and several large pools with enough space to spread out in the water. Bring plenty of sunscreen, some lawn chairs, and maybe even a picnic blanket. You'll find the Y right at the entrance to the national park in Townsend, Tennessee.