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If you like to swim, Del Norte County has plenty of areas for you! If swimming in the ocean isn't for you, we also have other options.
The wild and scenic emerald green Smith River is one of the last free-flowing river systems in America. Pristine and crystal clear, the river offers superb swimming holes in the summer.
The best swimming holes are far upstream, accessible via South Fork Road. There are frequent turnouts on this road, with primitive steep trails providing access to swimming holes. The best swimming hole is located at the second bridge.
McClendon Ford Trail - An easy 2-mile hike through a Douglas fir forest. This is perfect for hot days, as there is a secluded swimming hole on the Smith River. Drive 14 miles on South Fork Road and turn right at an unsigned junction. Travel 3 miles to a sign indicating the trailhead and turn left, continuing for 2 miles.
There are several good swimming holes just off Highway 199. The best spots on the Middle Fork are:
The Forks - the confluence of the Middle Fork and South Fork features a deep, calm swimming hole available in the summer. Access is just downstream from the bridge north of Hiouchi.
Panther Flat picnic area
Mary Adams Peacock Bridge
Swimming in Del Norte County