Today I am writing about Natural Dam, which is quite a bit closer to my house than Kings River Falls, and doesn’t involve any dirt roads so no flat tires. Woo!
From my house to Natural Dam, is about half an hour, maybe forty minutes (depending on if you take the interstate or not). The parking is ample and there is no hiking necessary to get to the swimming hole.
It had just rained before we went, and the waterfalls were epic! Just like the name suggests, this is indeed a ‘natural dam.’ Above the waterfalls is waist deep or so, and people bring tubes and pool floats and have a great time! With Sophia, I prefer to hang at the bottom of the falls where it varies from ankle to knee depth depending on rainfall.
This place is dog friendly too, but you can never tell how many people will be here on any given day. As you can see, it was deserted on this day, but the next time I went it was a full on party.
Drake is not really sure about water, no matter how many times or places we take him to. You’ll have to excuse his ratchet hair, we tried to groom him ourselves and as you can see… it is not our forte.
The water here is super clean, and there are tons of little fishies and moss in the shallow part.
We like to bring our beach chairs and beach toys so Sophia can play her heart out. The pool narrows into a creek and there is a one lane bridge over it. There are large culverts and Sophia always finds other kids to play with and they go through the culverts from one side to another constantly. The water is rarely too deep or fast for that, but definitely use your best judgement.
The joys of having a teenage daughter: I always have a model no matter where we go or what we are doing. 🙂
There is no sand here, just huge piles of rocks and pebbles, so don’t expect to walk around barefoot unless you have really tough feet! On one side of the shallow pool, there are some really large flat rocks, but unfortunately, I’ve never been there and not seen a bunch of trash around that area.
Where Olivia is standing is my favorite spot at this swimming hole.
The water pools right there, and it has a gentle current from the falls. The area is perfectly shaded and easy to get to. We moved our beach chairs up there for the last half of our trip, because we were in need of refuge from the sun at that point. It was very relaxing and you can see the entirety of the falls, and the creek beyond.
You can also see the parking area which is a bonus if you’re worried about your vehicle. I left my key in the car so I wouldn’t lose it, so being able to see the parking area was a plus.
This is a swimming hole we have visited a few times, because of proximity and how clean the water is. There is a trail that goes down the creek on the top of the falls if you’d like to hike. We tried it last year but it was a little overgrown and we ended up getting ticks… and we haven’t tried again. Besides, I would rather plop down at the waters edge and relax!
Again, if you choose to frequent one of these natural swimming holes, please leave no trace!
Clean up after yourself and if you see random garbage, do everyone a solid and pick it up, too.
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