Sunburst Swimming Hole is a popular Swimming Hole, located near Bethal, NC and just below Cold Mountain along Highway 215 in Western NC. The Swimming hole is easily accessed and has a small “beach like” area. Sunburst is very popular with both local and tourists during the summer months.
Sunburst Swimming hole is a natural mountain water swimming hole, so the water is crisp, clear, fresh and cold. Sunburst has two primary swimming areas.
The shoreline for Sunburst Swimming Hole is unique as well, as it has a very beach like feel to it, and makes for a great place to spread out a blanket, take in some sunshine or even have a picnic.
During the summer months, Sunburst is a very popular location for both local families and vacationers to hang out and swim. On a typical weekend from June – August, you’ll often find Sunburst very busy and parking on the roadside parking lot can be a challenge. If all of the parking is full, drive down to Forest Srv. Rd. and park on the side there.
Here’s a few tips to make you visit to Sunburst Swimming Hole more enjoyable:
Sunburst swimming hole is located just off Highway 215 near Bethel NC. From the Parkway, take Highway 215 north for about 8 miles. Just before the bridge you’ll see the swimming hole parking area on your right.
The map below is to Sunburst Campground. The actual Sunburst swimming hole is north of here, just past Forest Srv. Rd. There is roadside parking on the right just before the bridge over Right Hand Prong if you are coming from the The Blue Ridge Parkway.