Finding magical hidden bridges or unique waterfalls is a must on our bucket list. Water Wheel Falls in Arizona is an explorer's dream, complete with a flowing waterfall, shimmering pool, and an awesome log, perfect for climbing around on. If you've been daydreaming about hidden lagoons and adventure, this spot will tick all your boxes.\nTucked away near Payson, Arizona, this watering hole is a perfect destination full of gorgeous natural landscapes.\nThe falls boasts a cascading waterfall that runs along a carved out log that resembles a staircase. It looks like something from The Goonies.\nIt's easy to lose yourself in the stunning foliage while you swim around the cold pool below the falls.\nYou can access the area by starting at Water Wheel trail, just a little ways off of Houston Mesa Road. Parking costs $9, and from here, you will turn upstream at the trailhead.\nYou'll continue uphill, towards a cascading waterfall, along the East Verde River until it runs into Ellison Creek.\nView this post on Instagram 7.12.19 A post shared by @ themushroomway on Jul 12, 2019 at 5:49pm PDT\nTo reach the falls, you just have to navigate around logs and boulders that lie across the river. Though the trail here almost disappears, you can just follow the granite and banks of the creek for about a mile.\nThe area is a little off the beaten path, but it makes for a great daytime adventure.\nOnce you reach the remote pool, you will instantly feel transported to another world full of pirates, adventure, and maybe even hidden treasure.\nView this post on Instagram Nature ROCKS A post shared by franny (@frannyeremin) on Sep 1, 2017 at 5:53pm PDT\nOr at least a cool log staircase and a tiny waterfall that you can splash around all day.\nIf you want this hidden oasis all for yourself, it's recommended to visit during the week, as weekends can get a lot busier.\nIt's best to bring shoes with a good grip as it can get slippery in some spots.\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Kim And Larry Johnson (@whisperingpineshideawaypineaz) on Jul 23, 2019 at 1:13pm PDT\nThis incredible pool is the perfect escape from reality and will whisk you away to a hidden oasis for an afternoon in the sun.\nWater Wheel Falls\nPrice: $9\nAddress: North Houston Mesa Road, Payson, AZ\nWhy You Need To Go: This hike past gorgeous river scenery to a lush pool complete with cascading falls and a carved log staircase.\nWebsite\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a site, respect the environment.