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7 Must-Visit Swimming Holes Near Rabun County

Jun 22, 2016 07:36PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Woodall Shoals. Photo courtesy of

Georgia is a place riddled with beautiful views, and even more lovely swimming holes. Cool off this summer and take a dip in one of these spots that are all only a short drive away. Grab your towels and picnic baskets!

1. Blue Hole Falls

Blue Hole Falls. Photo courtesy of Alexander Lerch
The High Shoals Trail takes you along to this refreshing waterfall. The swimming hole at the bottom is a nice way to cool off after a hike, but be careful of the currents!

2. Lake Rabun

Lake Rabun is a twisty 835-acre reservoir with 25 miles of shoreline located in the Northeastern corner of the U.S. state of Georgia in Rabun County. There are plenty of picnic areas around the beaches to enjoy  after a good swim. 

3. Woodall Shoals

Woodall Shoals. Photo courtesy of stevbach1

This swimming hole is a popular spot on the Chattooga River. Stay downstream when you swim ad avoid the strong currents and high water levels. If more on the adventurous side, there are plenty of guided rafting tours to take part in.  

4. Lake Chatuge

Lake Chatuge. Photo courtesy of TC Moore.

Take a day to cool off and spend a lazy afternoon at Lake Chatuge. The sparkling waters are sure to rejuvenate and refresh. 

5. Sweetwater Creek

Sweetwater Creek. Photo courtesy of Jeff Gunn.

This lovely swimming spot is known for having a few rapids, but is also a great place to take a dip, or soak your toes after a long hike. Bring your tubes to ride the currents, watch the water levels, and have a blast!

6. Dick's Creek Falls 

Dick's Creek Falls. Photo courtesy of Jack Anthony Photography.

Dicks Creek Falls is located in the Chattahoochee National Forest just below the confluence of the Dicks and Waters Creek. This tucked-away gem is sure to please! For more information on location and history, visit Jack Anthony's website

7. Tallulah Gorge

Tallulah Falls. Photo courtesy of Joe Clay.

If you want to experience a "natural water slide" go to Tallulah Gorge where swimmers can play on the sliding rocks. Make sure to obtain a free permit first. For more information on how to do this, visit the Tallulah Gorge Website. If you are feeling more adventurous, try their Suspension Bridge Hike that overlooks the falls. 

What is your favorite place to swim during the summer? Let us know by contacting us.

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