Swim at Edwards Crossing on the South Yuba River

Edwards Crossing

Jump into crystal clear 20 feet deep pools in the South Yuba River canyon, then relax on sand beaches underneath the sugar pines.

There are endless swimming holes on the South Yuba River the feature crystal clear water, massive granite boulders and pristine pocket beaches, particularly those lower in the foothills. Many are separated by sections of rapids, but can be reached via the growing trail system of the South Yuba River State Park.

The Edwards Crossing swimming hole, just upstream from the single-lane arch-truss Edwards Crossing Bridge, is still known *mostly* to locals and is easily accessible with a short, half-mile hike.

The most straightforward way to get there is to take North Bloomfield Road off Highway 49, just past Nevada City. Cross over the bridge and park on the right-side of the poorly-maintained road. About a quarter mile up the hill there is an obvious trail (Spring Creek Trail, though may be unmarked) leading down towards the water.

The best swimming hole (and the one with the big rocks to jump off of) is a short scramble (or swim) upstream. You can't miss it.

Note that on weekends, especially during the busy summer months, it can be quite busy, and there are other excellent swimming holes farther upstream.



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RT Distance 0.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 250 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Swimming, Hiking, Rock Climbing
Skill Level Beginner
Season Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole

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river spot

good spot pick up your trash leave our rivers clean

Summer chillin' at its best!

This is the best chillin spot. That's all I have to say. BEST. CHILLIN.' SPOT. I go here all seasons.

Camping at Yuba

The river was crystal clear with fresh running water flowing right through it. There were a lot of people there but If you get there early enough you should have no problem parking. My group and I headed to Yuba for an overnight camp trip in between Edwards and Purdon crossing. We were able to jump in the river and swim around about 3.5 miles into our hike. It wasn't the easiest way down to the river but it was well worth the effort.


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