Sometimes, the best adventures are hidden right in your backyard. Oregon is full of natural wonders to explore and this gem is definitely one for the bucket list. This easy hike in Oregon takes you to the most beautiful topaz waterfall pool.

The natural swimming hole is nestled deep within the Willamette National Forest. 

It's only $10 to enter the park and you'll get unbelievable topaz pools and waterfall surroundings as your reward.

If you want to get it all to yourself, head out early. This is a popular spot with locals, especially during the summer months.

To get there, you'll need to take an easy 2-mile hike along the back of the bright blue McKenzie River. The elevation gain is minimal and it's easy enough for all skill levels.

You can even bring your four-legged friends, as long as they're kept on a leash.

All throughout the trail, you'll be surrounded by old-growth Douglas Fir trees and the soothing sounds of nature.

As you descend from the path, you'll pass along a steep ledge before making your way to the water. 

The blue pool is right before you.

The vivid topaz colors of the water are actually created by the river pumping through porous lava beds at the bottom of the water. How cool is that?

You can climb down the embankment and take a chilly swim to cool down. Be warned though! The water is very cold. 

The water looks shallow, but actually reaches depths of up to 30 feet in some areas. Make sure to check the depth before plunging in. 

After you're done swimming, there are plenty of flat rocks where you can lounge, warm up, and soak up a little sun. 

If you ask us, this is one of the most beautiful places in the state. Why not stay awhile?

Tamolitch Blue Pools

Price: $10 to enter Willamette National Park

Location: National Forest Road 2672-655, McKenzie Bridge, OR

Why You Should Go: You can go swimming in topaz blue waterfall pools surrounded by a lush forest.

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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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