Thermostats in the South seem to be set to "sizzle," so head to one of our favorite spots for a dip or a splash
The Southern summertime heat is sizzling, these natural swimming pools and beautiful waterfalls are sure to help cool you down on a hot day. You’ll find everything from clear, sandy-bottomed rivers, like Florida’s Blackwater River, to Tennessee’s cascading Cummins Falls. State parks of the South, like Aiken State Park in South Carolina and Watson Mill Bridge State Park in Georgia, are home to some of the South’s best hiking trails and waterfalls. Cozy up on the shore of one of the South’s greatest lakes, Lake Lure, or scuba dive in Wakulla Springs, Florida’s spring-fed swimming hole. Family friendly getaways, like Silver Run Falls in North Carolina, are only a quarter mile from the road. Water activities, like paddle boating, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking are abundant at Virginia’s Smith Mountain Lake and pier. Pack a cooler and stay for an afternoon, or escape for the entire weekend. You’ll love these Southern places to cool down!