Overall Rating: 5/5
Swim Rating: 3/5
Hiking Distance/Time: .6mi / 25min
Hiking Difficulty: Easy
Restrooms Available (Year Round) // Partially Handicap Accessible
If you visit Cathedral Ledge and Echo Lake in Bartlett, you should most definitely take a short trip up the road and visit Diana’s Baths! An easy walk through the woods will lead you to an astounding waterfall with many tiers. It’s beautiful in summer, in autumn, in winter – pretty much year round!
If you’ve ever wondered where the name comes from, here’s a bit about the name origin taken from Wikipedia:
“These curious circular stone cavities on Lucy Brook originally were known as the Home of the Water Fairies; tradition says evil water sprites inhabited the ledges, tormenting the Sokokis Indians until a mountain god answered the Indians’ prayers and swept the sprites away in a flood. But sometime before 1859 a Miss Hubbard of Boston, a guest at the old Mount Washington House in North Conway, rechristened them Diana’s Baths, presumably to evoke images of the Roman nature goddess. The pools are also called Lucy’s Baths.”
Diana’s Baths is a wonderful swimming hole in summer – it’s also extremely popular, so get there as early as you can!! There’s little wading pools all along the way, below each tier’s fall. I’ve heard that all the way at the top, there’s a pothole that you can swim in, but I have yet to see it. Hopefully this summer, though!
The walk is very simple and easy on the body. It’s also one of the best ones to go on with small children. It isn’t paved, but the walkway doesn’t have too many rocks or branches, so the trail, for the most part, is handicap accessible up to the lower falls. After that, it’s a bit tricky unless you have an ATV type wheelchair.
To find Diana’s Baths, take West Side Road into Bartlett. It will be on the east side of the road, but really, you can just follow the millions of signs you will surely see!!
Have fun and be safe!!