Diana’s Baths

Description

Diana’s Baths is a group of small waterfalls near the community of North Conway in the northeastern section of the town of Bartlett, New Hampshire. These iconic falls are within the White Mountain National Forest. Lucy Brook is the name of the creek that flows into Diana’s Bath. The waterfalls have a total drop of 80 feet, and the journey to the bottom is around 0.6 miles. Diana’s Baths has grown in popularity among visitors of all ages.

The waterfall has more history than most. The waterfall and five acres of land were purchased by George Lucy in 1863. Lucy and his family first build a house and barn on the banks of the brook. They then realized that a sawmill would be optimal for the site considering the strong cascading waterfall. The site Lucy had developed was very beautiful and tourists began seeking out the mill. In 1890, George Lucy decided to have a 12 room boarding house built for tourists of the site. The boarding house was not as successful as George had hoped, this was due to the more established hotels nearby attracting overnight visitors. Additionally, portable mills were introduced in the 1930s, which led to the mill being abandoned. The property then changed hands in the 1950s and was eventually sold to the government to become national Forest land. As the abandoned building deteriorated, they were removed in the 1960s.

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Waterfall Specs

  • Height: Tallest plunge is 12 feet; the total drop is 80 feet
  • Type: Plunges, cascades, and slides
  • Water source: Lucy Brook
  • Swimming: Good

Location

  • Park: White Mountain National Forest
  • Address: West Side Rd
  • Town: Bartlett
  • State: New Hampshire
  • GPS: Lat 44.07136 Lng -71.17041
  • Parking Notes: There is large dirt parking lot off West Side Road for visitors of Diana’s Baths. In total, there are about 50 parking spaces. Parking is free.
  • Parking Directions: HERE
  • Location Directions: HERE

External Website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whitemountain/recreation/recarea/?recid=74963&actid=70

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