The 10 Best Secret Swimming Holes in Southern California


Paradise Falls, Thousand Oaks

A picturesque waterfall and swimming hole tucked away in Wildwood Park, offering a serene oasis for nature lovers.

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Hermit Gulch, Catalina Island

A secluded swimming hole on Catalina Island, surrounded by lush vegetation and featuring crystal-clear waters for a refreshing dip.

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Deep Creek Hot Springs, Apple Valley

A natural hot spring located in the San Bernardino National Forest, providing a unique opportunity to relax and soak in warm mineral-rich waters.

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Escondido Falls, Malibu

A hidden gem in the Santa Monica Mountains, Escondido Falls boasts a refreshing swimming hole and a beautiful waterfall during the wet season.

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Three Pools, Cleveland National Forest

A series of inviting natural pools along the San Juan Creek, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying the scenic beauty of the forest.

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Tar Creek, Los Padres National Forest

A secluded swimming spot nestled within Los Padres National Forest, known for its tranquil atmosphere and clear mountain water.

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Sespe Creek, Fillmore

A remote oasis in the Los Padres National Forest, Sespe Creek offers multiple swimming holes and stunning natural surroundings for outdoor enthusiasts.

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Bonita Falls, Lytle Creek

A stunning 150-foot waterfall with a refreshing swimming hole at its base, hidden in the San Gabriel Mountains near Lytle Creek.

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Tenaja Falls, Murrieta

A beautiful seasonal waterfall that creates a small swimming hole in the Cleveland National Forest, providing a peaceful escape from the city.

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Red Rock Canyon, Mojave Desert

A unique swimming hole formed by eroded sandstone cliffs, featuring red rock formations and a cool pool of water in a desert setting.

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