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Wawona Swinging Bridge

A short flat hike to the swinging bridge over a slow-moving river with perfect pools for swimming.
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.8 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  This 1.5 mile out-and-back hike will take you to a swinging wooden bridge with some great pools to swim in and lay in the afternoon... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking and Trailhead

Continue along the road over the bridge and past the various cabins until you can drive no further. You will find a small parking lot that can fit maybe 5-10 cars. Park here and look at the higher and of the lot for a trail leading the same direction you were driving.

The first part of the trail is flat but you will soon hike down for a few... More

2. Swinging Bridge

Continue on until you see the swinging bridge. When you are about half way across the bridge you will learn why its name is so appropriate, but don’t worry because it’s very sturdy.

3. Waterslide

For those seeking a little more excitement you can walk upriver to the other side of the bridge where you will find a natural “slide” in the river where you can slide down into the pools below. Be careful if the water level is too high (or too low) and be aware that when you finish you may no longer have the backside of your swimsuit anymore; you... More

4. Swimming Pools

Once you cross the river find a place on the rocks to put down you bags, take off your shoes (take any electronics out of your pockets) and walk to the water for a relaxing and invigorating (read: cold, but nice) swim in one of the rivers many pools.