Welcome to the Blue Ridge Snorkel Trail, a series of curated snorkel sites nestled in the mountain rivers of North Carolina. Immerse yourself in the crystal clear waters and discover a vibrant underwater world teeming with brilliantly colored fishes. Whether you’re a seasoned snorkeler or a first-timer, the Blue Ridge Snorkel Trail offers an unforgettable experience that will leave you in awe of nature’s beauty.

Map and Site Information

Kick-Off Flyer

2023 Blue Ridge Snorkel Trail Kick-off Events

Upcoming Events

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the Blue Ridge Snorkel Trail?

The Blue Ridge Snorkel Trail is an innovative education project that will link together a set of publicly accessible river sites where people can safely snorkel to experience the underwater world of streams and rivers of western North Carolina and beyond.  Each site has an educational sign, which provides safety information, a description of notable species at the site, and other information about the trail. 

Is it free?

The Blue Ridge Snorkel Trail is free. All of the sites are located at public access locations associated with rivers. Most of the sites are located at city/county parks. All that is required is a snorkel and mask to enjoy the snorkel trail sites.

What equipment do I need?

Minimum needed to enjoy the snorkel trail is a snorkel and mask
Optional: Wetsuits can add warmth in cool water and extend your snorkeling experience at a site.

Where can I rent gear?

Local dive shops and river outfitters often have equipment for rent or sale. Snorkel’s can be purchased online and at most sporting goods stores.
A list of businesses that rent or sell wetsuits, snorkels, and masks will be added to the website in early May.

Are there river snorkeling guides we can hire?

WNC companies with guide services, gear rentals, etc.

Nixi Aquatics – Guide services and gear rental


Oxbow River Snorkeling – Guided river snorkeling trips


When will the sites open?

Sites will start opening in early June and all sites will be open by August at the latest.

Will there be kick-off events?

Yes! Most sites will have a kick-off event that will take place this summer. An updated events calendar will be available in early May on the website.

When is the best time to snorkel?

The best time to snorkel is during the summer and when water is clear. Clear water is the safest water.

Please contact us at: blueridgesnorkeltrail@gmail.com

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