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.
Tate Creek Slide (Rogue River–Siskiyou National Forest)
It's a nine-mile hike along the scenic Rogue River, winding through Douglas firs on an old mule trail, to get to the mouth of Tate Creek. From there it's a quarter-mile scramble upstream, over boulders and logs, to a shady glade and a nearly vertical 20-foot chute. Haul yourself up with a tattered ladder patched together from about 20 different lengths of rope and hold on to your stomach: You'll hurtle down and then shoot off a lip at the bottom, plunging into a mossy pool.
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