WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA -- Whether you live in Western North Carolina or are here on vacation, let's look at some cool ways to beat the unusual summer heat!
If you like tubing, there are a lot of places in that are perfect for tubing fun! For a place that provides tubes, (they have over 1000) Zen Tubing has tubes, they offer trips every 10 minutes! They last for about 2 1/2 hours, so it's quite a ride! Minimum age for tubing is 4 yrs old. There are two locations in Asheville! Form more informatiion, check out zen.com
That's just one place, there are a lot of places throughout the area!
Skinny Dip Falls! Now, for this one, you have to hike about 1/2 mile, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. A natural place to just wade in the cool water. For the more ambitious ones, you'll love the Jumping Rock, yep, just jump on into the cool water!
I found this helpful tip from romanticasheville.com
[The trailhead for Skinny Dip Falls is across the Blue Ridge Parkway from the parking area (there is no sign directing you to the waterfall) at the "417" milepost. There are a few side trails, but follow the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (climb steps near the start, then bear left). The trail has a few climbs and rocks, but not challenging at all. The trail ends at a bench and staircase that takes you down to the waterfall and swimming hole.
Not far away is the very popular Sliding Rock and the waterfalls at Graveyard Fields. This is part of the wonderful Pisgah National Forest. It's about 23 miles south on the Blue Ridge Parkway from Highway 191 intersection in Asheville (at the NC Arboretum). ]
If you really want to cool down, check out the Linville Caverns! It's 52 degrees all year round! You can bring your camera, using a flash is allowed.
Directions from Asheville: Take Interstate 40 East to exit 72 (Old Fort), staying straight off exit ramp on US 70 East for 10-12 miles. Turn left at intersection with US 221 (Wal-Mart & McDonald's on left) travelling north for 18 miles. Cave entrance on left. Approximately 75 minutes driving time.
Western North Carolina has so much to offer!