“Easy to access and easy to enjoy”
Skinny Dip Falls is actually a series of 3 small, fairly nondescript cascades along the Yellowstone Prong. Though not very high, the waterfall's appeal is in that it's easy to access, and, with its crystal-clear water and deep pools, there are some unparalleled swimming holes at the bottom of the cascades. Not to mention that they can be photogenic, in the right conditions. Despite its name, the hordes of people that are usually there will prefer that you bring a swimsuit if you choose to go in the water. Visit during the week for a better chance at having the falls to yourself. Cross the parkway and head up the path right beside the Mile Marker 417 post. You'll come to an open spot and climb a small set of steps, then reach an intersection, just under 0.1 mi from the Parkway. The Mountains to Sea Trail comes in from the right and continues straight. Go straight, across an old roadbed. The trail then continues 0.3 mi to the falls; it's downhill the whole way. It's rocky in spots, and the first of the falls are just upstream of a bridge you'll cross after a steep set of steps. Two more small cascades are just upstream, accessible by a side path.
Skinny dip is my favorite place to visit in the whole forest! My family started coming here years ago before it was so popular. Now there are always crowds of others that you have to share it with. Still a magical place to visit & enjoy though. Be sure you take the dare & jump off of the large rock into the freezing cold water. It's worth it.
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