The 30-minute hike down to Sculpture Falls is probably why it remains one of the less-crowded swimming spots in the Greenbelt—which is a good thing, because it's absolutely beautiful and rewards those willing to make the trek. Sculpture Falls offers plenty of limestone real estate for laying out a towel and lounging, as well as a small cliff to jump off of and some nice Jacuzzi-sized rock formations tailor-made for relaxing. People love to bring their dogs, so be prepared to meet some furry friends.
Know before you go: Reservations are no longer required. Prepare ahead for your visit: There are no bathrooms, and it’s somewhat of a long trek in and out. Sneakers for the walk and water shoes for the river rocks will serve you well, and make sure to bring along enough snacks and beverages to last you a few hours. Always pack out your trash, and leave it nice for others to enjoy.
Where to eat/drink: Rudy’s Country Store & BBQ on Loop 360 is the hiker’s choice for refueling, open for both indoor dining and takeout. And if you’re feeling fancy, spring for a picnic from The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen.