Blog :: 2019

Western NC Swimming Holes Are Calling This Summer

Living in Asheville not only provides access to incredible hiking but also proximity to some of the most incredible natural swimming spots you’ll ever find. If you’re considering buying a home in the western NC mountains, you can skip the swimming pool amenity for the carefree enjoyment of one of western NC’s natural swimming holes.

Perhaps the most iconic locale for local mountain dips is Sliding Rock, located less than an hour from Asheville. Basically a natural water park, this wonderfully popular spot includes a long water-covered descent, culminating with a drop into a breathtakingly refreshing pool. Nationally ranked as one of the top 10 natural swimming holed, Sliding Rock gets crowded on hot summer days so plan to have some company when you take the plunge!

For something a less known, head over to Whaleback Swimming Hole, just a few more miles away from Sliding Rock. Accessible from the Cove Creek Falls hiking area, this cooling off spot is more about wading and resting than sliding. Regardless, however, it still manages to cool you down from the summer heat. It’s also a great location for some terrific hiking while you’re there.

Turtleback FallsA little further from Asheville in that same direction is Turtleback Falls, a natural sliding area that concludes in a swimming hole. Recommended only for strong swimmers, it is not recommended for young children and requires strong swimmers. Also, only a little further down the river is Hidden Falls, a more family-friendly swimming spot. All are accessible from within Gorges State Park.

Hooker Falls, located within DuPont State Park, provides a peaceful cooling off spot, and again the watering hole is part of a series of waterfalls making it a great hike/swim combo spot. The other falls are not conducive with swimming so plan to cool off at Hooker Falls but enjoy the various waterfalls before you take a dip.

And speaking of dipping, another great option is Skinny Dip Falls, which contrary to its name is not clothes optional! With a jumping off rock and plenty of places to wade, this area is worth a trip for the scenery year round. For something with a more dramatic waterfall, head over to Looking Glass Falls which features a waterfall with a 60 foot cascade. You can wade into the water and near the waterfall and is a bit more easily accessible than some of the other spots. Greybeard Realty Available Homes

And for anyone seeking a larger swimming area than these waterfall areas provide, take advantage of the numerous local lakes including Lake Lure and Lake James. With sandy beaches and ample swimming areas, these lakes provide a chance for more swimming with less hiking.

Yes, living in western NC means hiking and incredible access to natural swimming holes. This provided list is only the beginning for residents looking to cool off from the summer heat in a natural setting. If you have some summer favorite cooling off spots, we would love to hear about them! And if you’re ready to live up this way, whether it’s year round or seasonally, Greybeard Realty would love to welcome you to the area. Take a look at Greybeard’s exclusive listings and contact us. And, please, if you head out to one of the numerous swimming holes and waterfalls, please use extreme caution. Most places do not have lifeguards, and wet rocks can be extremely slippery. Use good judgement and have a safe time making the most of western NC’s beauty.

Christy McFadden Joins Black Mountain's Greybeard Realty

Greybeard Realty announces the addition of Christy McFadden as their newest broker. While she will be based in the Black Mountain office, she also will serve the Old Fort and Asheville offices on occasion.

Quite often, people talk about just landing in western NC and never leaving again. While the same can be true for Christy, she first explored 49 states and Mexico before finally settling down in the Asheville area, first as a student at Warren Wilson College and then with her family for the next 20 years. After the birth of her children, she became interested in early childhood development and worked as a NC infant/toddler and family specialist which took her to many communities in Buncombe, Henderson, and Madison counties. Her exposure to the various communities have provided her with an ample knowledge of the specific character and charm of the different towns within the region.

“We are so excited to have Christy on board,” remarks Chip Craig, president and founder of Greybeard Realty. “With her extensive knowledge of the various communities around Asheville, she brings a depth of information that makes her very skilled at matching potential buyers with the right sellers.”

In addition to her extensive knowledge in real estate, Christy has a passionate interest in being active. She, her husband, her two children and three dogs can be found doing a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, running, mountain biking, snowboarding, and paddling through the trails, rivers and lakes that make western NC so beautiful.

Christy joins the other 23 Greybeard Realtors who work at Greybeard Realty and Rentals, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. In addition to its original Black Mountain office, located at 204 East State Street, Greybeard Realty has additional offices in Asheville and Old Fort.

Whether you are interested in buying a western NC property or placing your local home on the real estate market, a local Realtor can make that process easier. Please check out Greybeard Realty's exclusive property listings. For more information, please contact Greybeard Realty at 828 669-1072 or on line through our contact Greybeard link.

Exquisite Construction at Sweet Birch Commons

If you’ve been searching for a new construction Black Mountain home with mountain views, you need to come up and see Sweet Birch Commons. With limited home maintenance and a strong sense of community and security, this mountainside community offers easy access and minimum upkeep of each home. If you yearn for a neighborhood experience in a mountain community, Sweet Birch Commons can be your home.

Sweet Birch Commons features two models of duplex homes, both semi-customizable. The Magnolia Plan, with 2,074 sq ft, has a first-floor master suite. The Sawyer Plan, at 1,894 sq ft, has its master suite on the second floor. Both options provide owners with easy, flat access to the duplex-designed home. Buyers have opportunities to personalize their home with options for upgraded cabinetry, flooring, interior trim, lighting, and appliances.

Careful attention was been taken during the community design to ensure that the neighborhood feel is preserved. Community members and their guests can gather at the community pavilion which utilizes an original grain silo, enhanced with reclaimed barn wood. In addition, there’s a stone terrace, a game lawn and a fire pit. And with its proximity to Black Mountain, Sweet Birch Commons provides easy access to the charming town’s amenities. Recently selected by TripAdvisor as America’s Prettiest Small Towns, Black Mountain has a broad variety of dining spots, shopping opportunities, and art and crafts offerings.

With the groundbreaking completed and the first units under construction, Sweet Birch Commons is beginning to take form. To experience the location, the sense of neighborhood, and the quality of construction, prospective buyers should head on up to Black Mountain to see it firsthand. Greybeard Realty, a home-grown Black Mountain real estate company, is the exclusive listing company. For more information or to make an appointment to check out this growing neighborhood community, please contact Greybeard Realty.