There’s no better feeling in the world than stumbling across an idyllic swimming hole, especially if it’s at the end of a picturesque hiking trail. That’s just what you’ll be treated to when you take on the Natural Bridges Trail near Vallecito. Not only is the hike absolutely gorgeous, boasting lush scenery from beginning to end, but it actually leads you straight to one of the most unique swimming spots in the state. Situated inside of a brilliant limestone cavern, it’s just the place to be when you feel like taking a dip.

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Looking for more amazing trails in NorCal? Here’s a wonderful hike that ends at a spectacular and refreshing waterfall swimming hole at Dawn Falls!

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What are some other swimming holes in California?

Dawn Falls is located within the 193-acre Baltimore Canyon Preserve that, although a secluded canyon, is well-known for its trails and scenic beauty. Just about a 30-minute drive from Larkspur, the preserve offers amazing views of the surrounding Bay Area... and an amazing swimming hole, too! If you're looking for some swimming holes in NorCal that don't require any hiking to access, check out this list of 11 contenders. Some of our favorites include the swimming holes at Russian River, Bass Lake, Mad River, Tuolumne River, North Fork American River, Oregon Creek, and Cleo's Bath. In terms of top-secret, hidden gem swimming holes in NorCal, check out the South Fork of the Yuba River over in Nevada City. Although you can’t dive here, this beautiful little swimming hole has some circulating water that makes you feel like you’re in a natural hot tub. It’s about 6-8 feet deep, so don’t try to dive in, as several injuries have occurred here. Please note: Clothing is optional. This river offers more than just swimming; there’s hiking, camping, and even those that float the river. This is one of the best things to do in summer in Northern California, we think!

What are some short-and-sweet hikes in NorCal?

If you're looking for a little adventure that doesn't require a full day or an advanced hiking resume, these short-and-sweet hikes in NorCal fit the bill. Among those listed, we love the Stout Grove Trail and Boy Scout Tree Trail, both in Jedediah Smith State Park; the Montgomery Grove Trail in Mondocino; the Tall Trees Grove in Redwood National Park; the Sun Trail and Dipsea Trail, both in Muir Woods; and the Floating Island Lake Trail in Tahoe!

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