Tom King Camp, Austin Creek State Recreation Area, CA

California’s rolling hills and desert heat will eagerly invite you to cool off in isolated swimming holes.
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Austin Creek State Recreation Area

Allow wildflower gardens to escort you to the top of the Austin Creek hills, escape the heat below a pine tree to enjoy the picturesque landscape. Photo by ((brian))/ Flickr

Show up early for a crack at one of the three backcountry sites tucked among the grassy meadows and oak forests at the southern end of redwood country: Each lucky party gets a first-come, first-serve sit for itself. Tom King Camp, a 3.5- mile hike from the Austin Creek Fire Road trailhead, is the most secluded, but Mannings Flat #1 (4.8 miles) has the best access to the Austin Creek swimming holes. Info

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