California's beaches are always a go-to favorite, but if your family is looking to get off the beaten path, these 5 secret (and super fun) swimming holes might just be for you.

by Madelyn Harris


Hoyt's Crossing, Yuba County: Discover this swimming hole after a 1.2 mile hike to a beach and former river. There are a variety of trails to choose from that will take you to smaller beaches and amazing natural swimming pools. Great for families with younger kids.

Hoyt's Crossing2. God's Bath, Sonora: Not for the faint of heart! Families with older kids will love this adventurous trek to the swimming hole's deep blue pools. The hike is long (10 miles) but the payoff is worth it!

God's Bath 3. University Falls, Quintette: University Falls is known for its fun water-slide-esque atmosphere. The large rocks in between crystal clear waters are slippery like water slides! Expect a 2.5 mile hike to get to these falls. 

4. Uvas Canyon, Santa Clara: Best bang for your buck if you want to witness some stunning waterfalls after only a short hike. They're even more impressive in the wintertime.

5. Garden of Eden, Santa Cruz:  The name for this spot is pretty self-explanatory. After about a half mile hike, this lush oasis is a beautiful spot to spend the afternoon.


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