Ever find yourself day dreaming of the summertime? Of hot days, forest strolls, and crystal clear swimming holes? Oregon has lots of amazing, hidden swimming holes—some of which are underneath gorgeous, misty waterfalls.
The weather is starting to warm up, and now is as good a time as any to start planning some unforgettable summertime adventures. Taking a swim in the basin of these 8 dreamy waterfalls in Oregon is a positively magical experience.
8. Punchbowl Falls
Located in the Columbia River Gorge along the Eagle Creek Trail, the basin of Punchbowl Falls is a beautiful setting for an unforgettable swim.
7. Cavitt Creek Falls
Located near Roseburg, Cavitt Creek Falls is a wonderful swimming hole where you’ll find a lovely little waterfall pouring over a rock ledge into a clear blue pool.
6. Youngs River Falls
Youngs River Falls is a little known waterfall located in Clatsop County near Astoria. The 54-foot cascade pours into a gorgeous pool.
5. Oneonta Falls
Oneonta Falls is an incredible hidden gem in the Columbia River Gorge. To get there, you have to hike through a narrow 1-mile gorge with tall, moss-covered rock walls and an icy stream that you’ll have to wade through. This epic adventure is one of a kind, and leads to a beautiful waterfall hidden at the end of the gorge with a deep, clear basin where you can swim — if you can brave the cold.
4. White River Falls
As you wade into the basin of the 90-foot White River Falls, located near The Dalles, you’ll feel the cool mist of the waterfall splash against your skin. There’s also a nice picnic area here, and if you walk downstream, you’ll be able to check out an interesting abandoned hydropower plant.
3. Wildwood Falls
Located near Cottage Grove, this two-tiered waterfall cascades into a wonderful swimming hole where you can take a dip in the cool water and cliff jump into the deep pool.
2. Steelhead Falls
Steelhead Falls is a local hidden gem near Bend. This gorgeous waterfall pours into a deep, round basin. If you walk a downstream from the falls, there’s a nice spot for a summer day’s swim.
1. Lee Falls
Located in Washington County, Lee Falls is a wonderful hidden gem tucked away at the end of an easy hour-long hike. This lovely waterfall swimming hole is a great place to take a dip on a hot day.