It just goes to show, you don't have to travel somewhere tropical to find turquoise water and sunny shores. The Pacific Northwest is teeming with natural wonders; you've just got to be willing to find them. Did you know that there are swimming holes in Oregon with clear emerald water?\nWhether you're born and raised in the PNW or seeking some drool-worthy summer inspiration, there's nothing quite like evergreen trees and hidden creeks to stir your wanderlust.\nOpal Creek Trail is an easy hike that leads adventure seekers through a beautiful network of old-growth cedar trees.\nYou'll start your journey at the Opal Creek Trailhead along North Fork Road on the OR-22.\nSome of the trees are over 1,000 years old!\nWhile the trail is relatively flat the whole way, it is a long hike, lasting nearly seven miles round trip.\nIf you'd like to bring your furry friend, dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on a leash.\nAll throughout your walk, you'll see spectacular river and waterfall views and come across prime sunbathing spots.\nThe only sounds you'll hear are birds chirping and the water flowing in the distance.\nView this post on Instagram Yesterdays adventure. Took my breath away! . . . . . . . . . . . . #oregon #beauty #beautiful #gorgeous #views #waterfall #bathingsuit #summer #adventure #explore #travel #pacificnorthwest #curls #inmyelement #love #me #hiking #nature #getoutdoors A post shared by Kanani Rose (@naniroze) on Jul 6, 2018 at 6:12pm PDT\nWhile the pools are an oasis year-round, it's best to visit during the summer season when the water warms up.\nThe stones in the riverbed are multicolored and the water is crystal clear with a beautiful green tint. It almost looks like Gatorade!\nView this post on Instagram Ditching the “main attraction” and going off trail often has its perks. Like secluded crystal clear swimming holes. 👌🏽 A post shared by Tobie | Lifestyle + Adventure (@tobiesunshine) on Jul 18, 2018 at 8:17pm PDT\nAll around the creek, there are tall rocky ledges perfect for cliff jumping or posting up for a picnic under the warm summer sun.\nJust make sure to check the water levels before you take the cold plunge in.\nView this post on Instagram Opal Creek definitely lives up to its name. Oregon summers are the best in the world. It’s good to be back. A post shared by David McKee (@david_pyle) on Jul 29, 2018 at 7:54pm PDT\nAll in all, it's the perfect place to lounge, work on your summer tan or snap some adorable photos with your S/O. If you're looking for your next off-the-grid adventure, this is it.\nOpal Creek Trailhead\nPrice: $5 per vehicle each day\nLocation: Opal Creek Trail, Lyons, OR\nWhy You Should Go: You can explore an emerald green creek surrounded by 1,000-year-old trees.\nWebsite\nWe 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.