We've all spotted waterfalls by the side of the road on our drives. But what if we told you that one of those wonders drain into the coolest rock formations and secret cenote-like emerald swimming holes in Washington? And the best part? You don't even have to hike to get there!
The South Fork of the Skykomish River flows into a steep granite gorge to create the 25-foot Eagle Falls. It's the uppermost falls too, so it creates a frothy pool below that's perfect for your soaking needs.
To get here, follow U.S. Highway 2 to the east from Monroe and Sultan and find signs parallel to the road that'll lead you to this secret hideout. The drive is pretty scenic too with Mt. Index looming in the background.
Do note that you'll have to pull-out on the right or left side of the road to park here.
Once you get there, an unmarked path will lead you down a slope shaded by tree canopies to the breathtaking emerald-blue waters. You'll honestly think it's an oasis!
Although this spot is accessible year-round, locals will tell you to reserve this adventure for the hottest of summer days because it's crystal-clear waters are freezing. (Afterall, it's fed by more than one glacier.)
Since the pools are 20-feet deep, it's also a popular cliff-diving spot complete with rope swings.
Whether you want to sun on the rocks, pack a picnic to enjoy with the best of companies, or bring your favorite flamingos to float down the river, there's plenty to do at this natural pool.
Garbage and graffiti have been a problem for this sensitive habitat, so don't forget to pack-out what you pack-in.
After all, we just found this magical spot and we'd love to enjoy it for all summers to come!
Address: N. Fork Skokomish River Trail, Hoodsport, WA
Why You Need To Go: This waterfall cascades into natural emerald swimming holes with gorgeous rock formations.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming at Eagle Falls, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. The water is deep and has led to incidents in the past. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.