Hound Ears Dam (Boone Beach) – CLOSED!

Hound Ears Dam (Boone Beach)

CLOSED! Hound Ears Dam is a popular swimming hole right outside of Boone, NC. Also known as “Boone Beach”, this popular spot is sure to bring in rowdy crowds all summer long. If you’re looking for convenience, look no further.
Proximity from Boone: 10 Minutes.
More Info: Hound Ears Dam is the closest swimming hole to Boone. It’s a very popular spot for college kids because of it’s incredible convenience. It’s definitely considered a party zone so take that for what it’s worth. People jump off the dam into the pool but take caution. A lot of people have been injured from the rocks because it’s not that deep.
Parking: Hound Ears/Boone Beach is now CLOSED!
Approach: Short, steep 2 minute hike down to Watauga River.
Camping: No.


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Please help keep North Carolina clean and green. If you pack it in, pack it out. If you see trash at these swimming holes please pick it up and dispose of it properly. It’s a privilege to have access to these beautiful spots and this privilege can be taken away from us. Practice leaving no trace.
Boone Real Estate assumes no liability associated with visiting these waterholes. Boone Real Estate is not responsible for personal injury during these visits, damage to personal property (including towing of vehicles), and any illegal acts committed by visitors (including littering). By viewing this webpage you agree to exempt Boone Real Estate from any liability that may arise from your visiting these swimming holes.
Every year people die from visiting waterfalls. Use extreme caution when hiking, scrambling, jumping, swimming or walking around the waterfalls. The rock and trails are usually very slippery and wet. It’s very easy to get hurt so use your best judgement when visiting these swimming holes. Be safe out there!

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