Some of the Best Swimming Holes In New Hampshire

#1. Upper Ladies Bath

This popular swimming spot is located right behind Hancock Campground off the Kancamagus Highway in Lincoln.

Getting there: Park in the parking lot after you drive through the designated camping area. Walk back towards the campground and look for site #47 and a sign saying “RIVER.” Follow the sign for a short walk to reach the river.

#2. Paradise

This pristine swimming hole is a lesser known gem if you’re looking to ditch the crowds this summer. The rocks are great for jumping as well as sun bathing.

Getting there: From Bartlett, drive 2.6 miles past Bear Notch Road. There will be a trailhead on your left for Sawyer Pond Trail with a road that leads up to it. Turn onto this road and drive for 1 mile until reaching a small parking area on the left side of the road.

#3. Franconia Falls

Franconia Falls features multiple swimming holes, natural waterslides, and exposed rock slabs to enjoy on a summer day. The 6.4 mile, nearly flat, round-trip hike starts from the Lincoln Woods trailhead off NH 112, Kancamagus Highway.

#4. Jackson Falls

This is a popular spot for families with small children to visit. Enjoy over 175-feet of slides, pools, and waterfalls in the heart of the White Mountains. There are also some picnic tables found here to eat lunch during your visit.

Getting there: From North Conway, take Route 16N through Glen to Jackson Village. From Route 16 in Jackson, turn right onto Route 16A. The falls will be on the right side of the road, directly beside Carter Notch Road. Parking is limited and fills up quickly.

#5. Emerald Pool

Emerald Pool sits at the base of North & South Baldface mountains, a challenging loop hike featuring plenty of bouldering and panoramic views from both summits. The pool offers relatively safe cliff-jumping opportunities into a pool filled with emerald-green colored water. Accessing the pool requires an easy 0.7 mile hike each-way.

#6. Lower Ammonoosuc Falls

The sign for the falls is located on the road directly beside Mount Deception Campground. Follow the gravel path from the parking lot that leads straight to the falls. The falls feature a natural waterslide that cascades down into a large calm pool. This is a popular spot to visit during the summer months and can get rather busy, especially during the weekends.

Getting there: Drive on Route 302 for about 3.5 miles past Twin Mountain until reaching the street sign for Old Cherry Mountain Road on your left. There will be a sign for Lower Ammonoosuc Falls here. Turn onto Old Cherry Mountain Road and make a sharp left turn again into the parking area. To reach the falls is about a 5 minute walk down a gravel road from the parking area.

B&E Roberts Photography.

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