Sandy beach
No
Cliff jumping
No
Hike-in Required
No
Sensitive Habitat
No
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One of the main attractions at Cascadia State Park is the swimming hole on the South Santiam River. Just a few miles outside Sweet Home, the swimming hole offers a relaxing dip on a hot summer day. Relatively shallow and slow moving water makes it a good place for families to enjoy a swim. One of the main attractions is a series of small rapids that can be floated with inflatable rafts or inner tubes. After running the rapids, kids can carry their inflation device of choice back up the river and repeat the fun to their heart's content.

Getting to the swimming hole from the parking lot requires a short walk from the day use parking area. Signs in the group day-use area point to the river, and a trail with steps leads you there. After a swim, enjoy exploring the rest of the park, including the trail to Soda Creek Falls.

Logistics + Planning

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Beautiful spot. Fun rapids.

Cons

Crowds. Long walk from the parking area.

Location

Field Guide

Comments

Thank you Rebecca for the history and photos of this great place to visit. We're currently working on an entry for the park area in more detail (beyond the swimming hole) and this is very helpful. Much appreciated!
08/14/2014
Cascadia is a great state park with activities for people of every age. There are short hikes: on leads to a waterfall and another goes along the river with many forks and places to explore. There are great swimming holes all along the river (unfortunately not wheelchair accessible :( ) and many access points. Also found another waterfall hidden close to the most popular swimming hole. Not only that but the park has a very interesting history that we learned about from a park host talk being a native american living area from as long as 12000 years ago. (Many secrets to unlock at Cascadia if you only know where to look.) The park also has a interesting more recent history of having a natural soda spring which became very popular and the site once held a hotel and a 80 horse barn and even a bottling company until the great depression. The state eventually bought the land and the commissioner of Oregon wanted to bring it back to its natural state. The only evidence of the soda spring is a pump and small area where people drank from it. Campground is clean and well maintained some very large pull through spots and other smaller, slightly secluded spots along the creek or among the trees. Great open area for star gazing where the Elk migrate every year. Park is only open during the summer season.
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