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Swim through a cavern - Natural Bridges Hike

Vallecito, CA 95251, USA
13 Kudos
Between Murphys, CA and Columbia, CA you’ll find the Natural Bridges Trail off Parrots Ferry Road. It’s a two-mile round trip hike that leads into a cavern fed by a creek.

The hike is slightly rocky but primarily a well-trekked dirt path with minimal incline. It’s so short and easy to hike that you’ll often find people carrying floaties from the trailhead all the way down to the cavern so that they can enjoy a float from one end of the cavern to the next.

Yes, there’s drinking. Yes, there is the occasional group of 3 or more adults. But I’ve never found it to be crowded or full of drunk, disorderly and/or rude people. It’s really a nice and relaxing spot to hangout and have some fun in the water.
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Culture and experiences

Columbia State Historic Park
A real California gold rush town still open and running.
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Worth a stop nearby to walk through a grove full of giant sequoia trees.


Ironstone Vineyards
Go wine tasting. Have a snack. Even watch a concert here.

Special activities

Natural Bridges Trailhead
Natural Bridges Trailhead
Hike into a cavern fed by a creek. Enjoyable during summer months.

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