Swimming Hole

Classic Swimming Hole Hike

Activity = Mellow
Adrenaline = Mellow/Moderate
Experience = None

$49 (Ages 5+)
*Group rates starting at 8 participants

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Join Green River Adventures for a Classic Swimming Hole Hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains. A perfect 3-mile, 4-hour trip with unique water features, ideal for families, school groups, and outdoor enthusiasts. Book now for an unforgettable experience!

Ages: 5 and up (exceptions made in certain cases)

Description: Feel like spending the day with your family at a gorgeous swimming hole, but don’t know where to go? Let us handle all of the headaches so you can relax and enjoy your vacation. A 1.5-mile hike on easy trails through historic Game Lands will take you to an undisclosed location where you can explore waterfall veils, jump off rocks, slides, and swimming areas that offer adventure for all ages. Your guide will lead the way!

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Trip Details
What to Expect
Trip Details

Trip Details

Perfect for the entire family, the Classic Swimming Hole Hike is, well… the “classic” Blue Ridge Mountain experience. Separate yourself from the crowds, but don’t wear yourself out doing it. A 1.5-mile, easy-moderate hike will take you to your swimming destination featuring unique water features that can’t be found at a water park. The more adventurous you are, the more there is to explore.

This experience takes you into a wilderness area. This trip is not recommended participants with health conditions that may require immediate attention.

***Slippery Rocks! We rent and sell Astral Brewers, amphibious footwear with sticky rubber soles, which gives participants a significant traction advantage and will enhance your experience. 

A light snack and water are provided on the trip. Add a catered lunch from The Purple Onion Café for a picnic by the river.

***Reservations are required. Private Trips/Large Groups: contact us directly for customized experiences.

Distance/Duration: 3 miles total easy hike, 4-hour total trip time.

Schedule: The Classic Swimming Hole Hike is pre-scheduled in the afternoons at 1:30pm on Mondays and Fridays. Check here for available times and dates.

Recommended for: Families with kids; groups with a wide range of physical fitness; multi-generational groups; Scouts; School/Youth groups.

Private Trips/Large Groups

Contact us directly for customized experiences.

Don’t see a trip time that suits your group?

We may still have availability when booking by phone.

Call us today! 828-749-2800

What to Expect

What to Expect – Rappels / Hikes

Planning and preparing for your arrival:

Check out the weather. Dress appropriately for the weather conditions.

Be ready to get wet! Every Green River Adventure encounters water. We supply long-sleeve neoprene tops and nylon splash pants for participants.

Footwear: Slippery rocks! We recommend closed-toe, amphibious shoes with sticky-rubber tread. Canyoneering shoes (Astral Brewer) are available for rent for $10.

Arrive 15 minutes early to allow for check in, orientation, and changing.

Early morning? We’ve got hot coffee waiting for you! If not, the river will wake you up:)

When you arrive:

Parking in Saluda is tight. GRA has limited space. There are also long-term public lots. If our lot is full, ask a staff member and we’ll be happy to advise.

Check in at the front desk.

Each individual in your group is required to fill out a Participant Agreement Form. Minors not accompanied by a parent/guardian? Click here to download, have it filled out prior to arrival, and bring with you.

Get “ADVENTURE READY”– Most items are available in our retail store.

  • Get changed. *We recommend long pants for rappels.
  • Sunscreen – apply before your trip.
  • Hats – your hat can fit under a helmet. We don’t recommend wearing full-brimmed hats.
  • Sunglasses – retainers are recommended.
  • Cell phones, wallets, keys, valuables – use your car as a locker for valuables and leave your keys at the front desk.

Hang out in our gear room where your guide will greet you at the trip time.

If you have an EPI Pen or fast acting medication please let your guide know and we’ll be happy to carry it in our dry bag.

On your trip:

“Don’t bring anything you aren’t willing to donate to the river.” – GRA Proverb

  • Your guide will be taking photos along the way. Smile!
  • Water/Drinks – Your guides will have water for you. Participants may bring their own water bottles, too.
  • Snacks – chewy bars are provided on our wilderness trips (Trek, Rappels, Hikes)
After your trip:
  • Changing rooms are available in our outpost.
  • Once you’re dry, check out your Trip Photos on the big screen. In a hurry? You can view and purchase your trip photos online at https://greenriveradventures.com/mypics
  • Hang out and have a beer! And don’t forget to check out the adorable town of Saluda… See you again, soon!

Participant Requirements, Cancellation, and Weather Policies



  • Guests are expected to arrive 15 minutes prior to trip time.  If you are running late, we will do our best to accommodate you on another trip that same day, given availability.  No refunds will be issued to late arrivals – if you fail to show up for your trip on time, we still incur the same costs and may have turned others away.
  • All guests are required to sign a waiver.
  • If under 18: a parent or guardian must also sign the waiver.
  • If under 13: the participant must be actively accompanied by an adult on the tour.
  • All guests are required to have closed-toe shoes appropriate for the activity. Shoes are available for rent at check-in.
  • All reservations are charged in full at the time of booking.  If you need to cancel or modify your reservation, you are required to notify us 72 hours / 3 days prior to your scheduled tour.  Cancellations or modifications made within 72 hours / 3 days of tour are not eligible for refund.
  • Reservations are considered final 72 hours / 3 days prior to your scheduled tour, and are not eligible for a refund or rescheduling.

Green River Adventures’ trips run regardless of weather conditions, with the exception of weather or water conditions deemed dangerous by  Green River Adventures.  Passing thunderstorms are common in the summer, but rarely result in cancelled or delayed trips.  At our discretion, we may delay or postpone a trip in order to avoid passing thunderstorms.  In the event a trip is cancelled, you will receive a full refund.


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