Hike Less Than 1 Mile To This Spectacular Waterfall In Oregon
Here in The Beaver State, there’s really nothing better than taking a scenic hike on a warm day, followed by views of one of Oregon’s beautiful waterfalls, White River Falls. Add in breathtaking views and one of the top waterfalls in the state, and you have the makings of a perfect Oregon adventure! Up near The Dalles, White River Falls State Park is a lesser-known state park that’s a true hidden gem. The park offers an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities, including a scenic waterfall hike that’s one of the most accessible in the state. The eponymous trail is an easy hike to a beautiful waterfall.
For another amazing and accessible adventure in Oregon, you’ll want to check out this beautiful hike that traverses straight through an arboretum!
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What are some other beautiful waterfall swimming holes in Oregon?
In Oregon, chasing waterfalls is kind of our job, and we love nothing more than a waterfall swimming hole at the end of a wonderful waterfall hike (see the above White River Falls hike!) in Oregon. And during the dog days of a PNW summer, there’s simply nothing more refreshing than taking a dip in Mother Nature’s most glorious natural pools. From rushing, rapid-filled whirlpools to calm and placid pools, swimming in Oregon’s wondrous waterfalls is truly an adventure for your bucket list. In addition to White River Falls, Toketee Falls is another favorite spot to swim. You'll find the falls located on the North Umpqua River in the Umpqua National Forest, carved through ancient black basalt adorned with emerald-green leaves. The falls themselves feature a 28-foot upper tier which plunges into a pool flanked by a deep alcove, followed by an 85-foot plunge where the water pours endlessly into a large pool. The entire scene unfolds in something of a dream sequence; and accessing this enchanting oasis requires a quick-and-easy hike that’s less than a mile long, round trip.
What are some hidden gem waterfall swimming holes in Oregon?
Looking for your very own waterfall chasing experience... minus the crowds? A beautiful hidden gem near Bend is a prime example of Oregon’s “high desert” falls, Steelhead Falls is a resplendent natural wonder that's accessed via a short-and-sweet, one-mile (round trip) trail. Waiting for you at the end is Steelhead Falls, a breathtaking beauty that plunges into a cobalt blue pool in the Deschutes River. In the spring, the wildflowers surrounding the falls are spectacular; in the summer, Oregonians love going for a dip in this natural waterfall swimming pool. Though finding the trailhead is a bit tricky (directions are available through the BLM), the trail to the falls themselves is just a half-mile long, and it's a fairly easy and accessible hike.