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These Amazing Natural Water Slides Will Have You Ready To Hit The Road

If you’re looking to have some summer fun beyond the closest neighborhood water park, look no further than these awesome naturally occurring water slides. Located in some of the most gorgeous spots in America, they’ll have you ready to grab your hiking boots and swim suit and hit the road.

White Oak Canyon

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Hidden away in Shenandoah National Park deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains is White Oak Canyon. Hiking the rocky two mile Cedar Mile Trail might be a bit ambitious for the casual hiker, but the reward is worth the effort.

The aptly named Cedar Run Falls boasts five beautiful natural water slides and numerous smaller cascades and pools. The first slide you’ll come to is a nice small one, perfect for the ankle biters, but there are bigger, faster ones up the trail.

If you aren’t too worn out from sliding, be sure to check out White Oak Falls on your way out. Sliding down them is not advised, but they’ll look great on your Instagram.

Opal Creek

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A hike through an ancient rainforest (some trees are over 1000 years old) in Oregon will reward you with a magnificent 20 foot long smooth rock water slide into a beautiful crystal clear pool. Willamette National Forest is located just east of Salem and about 2.5 hours from Portland. The main trailhead will take you straight to the slide, and the three-mile hike is rated moderate to difficult due to its steep and rocky terrain. Once you reach the pools, it might be a good idea to slip into the chilly water and allow your body time to acclimate to the temperature.

Willamette National Forest is located just east of Salem and about 2.5 hours from Portland. The main trailhead will take you straight to the slide, and the three-mile hike is rated moderate to difficult due to its steep and rocky terrain. Once you reach the pools, it might be a good idea to slip into the chilly water and allow your body time to acclimate to the temperature.

Once you reach the pools, it might be a good idea to slip into the chilly water and allow your body time to acclimate to the temperature. Then it’s time to get sliding!

Denny Creek

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Denny Creek is about an hour east of Seattle in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and offers something for everyone. It not only has great natural water slides, but also easy hikes, stunning scenery, and the gorgeous Keekwulee Falls.

There’s even a campground should you decide you want to stick around for a while. The waterslides are only a mile from the trailhead and are pretty gentle if you want to bring the munchkins along.