Water slides don't have to involve long lines, crying kids, and suspiciously warm water. There are plenty of natural water slides scattered throughout the country that offer relaxation and exhilaration, not to mention a view and a campsite.
Franconia Falls, White Mountain National Forest
The brook along Franconia Falls trail features a number of water slides and swimming holes of various sizes, capped off by a narrow, 20-foot long granite chute shooting into a rectangular pool. From the Lincoln Woods parking lot, it's an easy, three-mile hike to the falls that starts off with a suspension bridge spanning the Franconia branch of the Pemigewasset River. The area is open year-round and doesn't cap the number of visitors, so expect crowds in the summer.
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