Swimming Holes – Pigeon Forge Tennessee


In search of a nice place to cool off from the summer heat? Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is home to endless miles of rivers, creeks and streams, with the mountain water at a chilly 65 degrees even during the height of the summer. If you prefer a river to swimming hole over one of our cabins with pool access, you’re in luck.

Pack up a picnic and prepare to spend a sunny day on the riverbank with your family. Below we have listed a few of our favorite swimming holes in the Great Smoky Mountains. Some swimming holes require a little hike to reach, but you will be well rewarded for your efforts!

Metcalf Bottoms

This quiet retreat is settled away from the hustle and bustle of Pigeon Forge. The swimming area here is slow-flowing and wide, perfect for splashing children and a relaxing dip. There is also a picnic area nearby where you and your family can set up camp under the shade and enjoy a meal of sandwiches. Located along Little River Road, this swimming hole is only a short drive from downtown Pigeon Forge.

The Sinks

Also located on Little River Road, The Sinks is the deepest swimming hole in the Smoky Mountains. This swimming hole is very popular during the summer months and is easily accessible from the road. The Sinks is best for adults, as the current can be strong if you venture out into the channel. With a little caution you will certainly enjoy this wonderful Smoky Mountain treasure.

Townsend Swimming Hole

This area of Little Pigeon River is  a little drive north of Gatlinburg just off Wears Valley Road. At the junction of Little River and Laurel Creek, this tranquil stretch of river is calm and perfect for catching some rays. Wide banks make the area perfect for sunbathing or a picnic lunch! Kids will love to explore the rocks and you will enjoy the plentiful and calm flowing water.

On this summer’s Pigeon Forge vacation, make sure you spend a day sunbathing and enjoying the natural swimming holes of the Smoky Mountains. Have you visited one of these swimming holes or do you have a favorite of your own? Leave us a comment and tell us about it!