This summer, take advantage of one of North Carolina’s lesser known attractions: natural swimming holes! These hidden gems are well worth the travel, as they offer a fun, refreshing way to cool off and get out in nature. And, with an affordable car rental from Community Rental Car, you can travel on a dime!

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1. Hanging Rock State Park

Locals to the Triad have been enjoying the cool waters at Hanging Rock for 90 years. Located near Danbury, the park provides a refreshing escape from urban life, complete with an alpine lake beach. The waters at the lake are crisp and cool. Many visitors like to cool off in the lake after exploring the region’s hiking and mountain biking trails.

2. Sennett Hole

Many hikers along Eno River have been pleasantly surprised to stumble upon Sennett Hole. This rock-rimmed pool is nearly the size of an Olympic swimming pool and allows swimmers to dive nearly eight feet into cool mountain water. The hole is surrounded by large boulders, trees, and a picturesque waterfall.

3. Deep Creek

If you have all day, head to the Deep Creek trailhead in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From there, rent an inner tube and plan for a day of fun on the water. Visitors can choose between a wild and bouncy ride on the upper whitewater section of the creek, or a lazy float down the river. The whitewater tubing adventure ends where the lazy tubing adventure begins: the Deep Creek swimming hole.

4. Sliding Rock

Adventure seekers come from miles around to enjoy nature’s waterslide at Sliding Rock. This 60-foot natural rock waterslide provides a fast-paced thrill for people of all ages. Be prepared, though, as this chilly ride ends with a dunk in an ice-cold pool. The only thing more fun than riding down this waterslide is watching from the spectator’s area near the pool!

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This summer, gather your friends and make a splash in some of North Carolina’s most refreshing swimming holes. Don’t let transportation hold you back: rather, reserve a car rental from Community Rental Car. We offer everything from cheap compact car rentals to spacious minivan rentals at both of our convenient locations in Winston-Salem and Winston-Salem. Request a free quote now or call (336) 448-2905 for more information.