The only thing better than having your own private pool is having one in the middle of the woods. Oregon's chalk full of hidden wonders and this is certainly one for the books. Did you know that you can find three emerald swimming holes in Oregon nestled deep within the Williamette National Forest?

If you're a lover of the Pacific Northwest, come check them out. Lucky early risers might get one all to themselves.

Three Pools is a scenic escape located on the banks of the Santiam River. While it's tucked away, it's surprisingly easy to get there.

If you're not a hiker, you're in luck. You can drive to the trailhead and it's only a short walk to the water from there.

To enter, it costs $5 per vehicle.

Since you won't have to spend any time hiking, you can plan for a full day of fun and sun down by the water. Just make sure to bring plenty of water and eco-friendly sunscreen.

The best time to visit is during the summer when the water is warm. There are plenty of places to lounge along the shore and take awesome pics. 

At one part of the pools, there are even mini waterfalls cascading down. You won't believe how crystal clear the water is! 

Some of the deeper pools offer a great place for cliff jumping. Make sure to check the water levels and check for rocks before you make the plunge.

If you can't get enough of the views, we don't blame you. But we do have good news.

You can also camp there if you'd like. Shady Cove Campground has twelve sites nearby, so there should be plenty of space to accommodate you and your BFFs.

When it comes to travel list dreams, nothing beats clear water and lush forest views. 

Three Pools

Price: $5 per vehicle, per day 

Location: Williamette National Forest, OR

Why You Should Go: You can find three hidden swimming holes surrounded by lush forests in Oregon.


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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