Elephant Rock is a great little pocket on the Chetco River for those that enjoy cliff jumping, turquoise water, and river bars. Located just about 12.5 miles up the Chetco from Brookings, this little gem sits between Nook Bar and Redwood Bar. The pull off is extremely easy to miss because as there is only space for a few cars on the road to park. Roughly 0.6 miles after Nook Bar, a small stream on the right side of the road will pass under the road itself. Park here and cross the road to see the small trail that leads down to the river. You will need to use the ropes to assist you in areas, as the trail is slippery and steep. You'll shortly find yourself standing on a giant rock that practically sits in the Chetco River itself. The rocks can be walked/laid upon until you find your jumping spot. Be aware of smaller rocks below, but there are some great, clean jumps to be had here from maybe as high as 12 feet. If you swim across the river, you will find yourself on a great gravel bar. It is common to float out supplies like a cooler to the beach on the other side.
This is a great spot if you are camping at Harris Beach and need a little drive into the forest.
Swimming holes and cliff jumping can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable outdoor activities that pose significant risks regarding personal safety. Changing water levels, unseen rocks, and river bottoms that have shifted with currents and seasonal weather can turn a well-known jumping area into a serious hazard. Prior to engaging in these activities, extensively scout the current conditions, and understand the risks involved with serious injury and the logistical challenges of evacuation from the water so you can make safe decisions.