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You Can Swim Inside A Dreamy Secret Cave In California

The cave ceiling is covered in moss and colorful rocks!
California Travel Includes This Dreamy Cave You Can Swim In

Spring is here and that means one thing. We're all ready for warmer weather and sunny skies. If you're bored, this California travel adventure could be the best cure for your cabin fever. Did you know that there is a secret cave in northern California you can swim in?

Whether you're a local or future traveler, this bucket list item is a must-see.

While we're all practicing social distancing during this time, it's also a great way to get back to nature while doing you're part to help keep others healthy.

To get to the caves, you'll take an easy two-mile roundtrip hike along the beautiful Natural Bridges Trailhead.

The trail begins at Parrotts Ferry Road; keep an eye open for a brown sign on the side of the roads, "Natural Bridges Day Use Area."

Since the trail starts at 1,500 feet in elevation, you'll be walking downhill all the way there. Pets and bikes are not allowed here due to geological sensitivity, so make sure to leave your furry friends at home.

All throughout the path, you'll get to see the lovely, green Sierra foothills and hear the rushing sound of the creek below. 

To find the upper entrance, turn left once you reach the end of the trail and cross the earth bridge.

When you reach the caves, you'll see spectacular limestone caverns dripping water down into the swimming area.

Since the currents flowing through the cave can be strong some days, make sure to check the conditions before you swim.

The entire 'ceiling' is covered in bumpy, colorful stone formations. You can take a dip inside or even blow up an inner tube and float around.

Since the water is cold, make sure to bring a warm change of clothes for the walk back to your car and plenty of towels too.

On a sunny day, you can also post up and have a picnic outside the cave. 

All in all, this is the perfect place to escape from the city and get back to nature. For those seeking a little R&R, what's better than having a personal cave retreat?

Natural Bridges Trailhead

Location: Parrotts Ferry Rd., Vallecito, CA

Why You Should Go: You can go swimming inside a dreamy secret cave in California.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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