The Granite State is full of natural wonders tucked away from the beaten path. Luckily we’ve found one that is on the beaten path — quite literally. Just off the Baldface Circle Trail in Chatham, a popular hiking destination, you’ll find the stunning Emerald Pool in New Hampshire. Full disclosure though: once you reach this pool you may not want to hike any further, because it is just that beautiful. This is one of my favorite hikes when the temperatures rise and I think you’ll love it, too!

Hiking to Emerald Pool can be done year-round, but it’s especially great in the summer when the weather is warm. Feel free to bring your dog, just make sure it’s on a leash. If you plan on checking out the trail and doing more hiking in the future, you’ll want to make sure you have a subscription to AllTrails+, which provides alerts for wrong turns and the ability to download maps offline.

You can learn more about hiking in the White Mountain National Forest by visiting the official Forest Service website.

Have you been to this emerald pool in New Hampshire? What did you think? Let us know in the comments! Ready for more swimming fun? Get ready to visit the 10 best swimming holes in New Hampshire! Each deserves a spot on your summer bucket list!

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What are the most beautiful lakes in New Hampshire?

The most beautiful lakes in New Hampshire can be found in all corners of the state. Some of the best are:

  • Newfound Lake: Considered the cleanest lake in New Hampshire, this is a must-see if you love local nature and exploring the woods.
  • Lake of the Clouds: New Hampshire's only alpine lake is a gorgeous place to visit. Though, it's quite a hike to reach!
  • Echo Lake, Echo Lake State Park: One of the most well-known lakes in New Hampshire offers tons of beauty. As an added bonus it's close to the popular town of North Conway.


What are some natural pools I can hike to in New Hampshire?

There are quite a few natural pools that you hike to in New Hampshire. One great option is Diana’s Baths, which is named for the figure from Roman mythology.

You can reach the natural pool via the Diana’s Baths Trail. This is a popular summertime spot for families, but it’s also stunning at any time of the year. You can even in the dead of winter when the waterfalls freeze over for a uniquely beautiful wintry scene. The hike is only a little over a mile long and easy enough that it’s relatively kid-friendly as well.

What are the best swimming holes in New Hampshire?

  • The best swimming holes in New Hampshire are beautiful and offer a great way to cool down. A popular swimming hole in New Hampshire is Packer’s Falls, on the Lamprey River in Durham, where you’ll even find a small sandy beach.
  • The aptly named Paradise Falls swimming hole in Bartlett is a great swimming hole. This somewhat hidden swimming hole can be found along Sawyer Brook, from the Sawyer Pond trailhead.
  • Horseshoe Falls in Wilton is perfect for both swimmers and those who would prefer just floating on a tube, with a 12-foot deep pool. This pool is on private property, however.
  • Swiftwater Falls is one of the largest swimming holes in all of New England. You can find it along the Wild Ammonoosuc River south of Bath, beneath a picturesque covered bridge.


Are there any natural hot springs in New England?

Massachusetts is home to the only natural hot spring in New England, called Sand Springs. In scenic Williamstown you can go swimming at Sand Springs Pool, which is fed by the naturally warm spring waters, bubbling up out of the ground at 72 to 74 degrees.

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