Emerald Pool


Emerald Pool is a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole located in Chatham, New Hampshire. The waterfall has a total height of 15 feet and it can be found along Charles Brook. Charles Brook flows strong year-round, but it is best to visit during the spring to witness the heaviest flow. Most photographers flock to Emerald Pool during the months of March, April, and May to capture images of the waterfall roaring. That said, the waterfall is a truly wonderful place to visit year-round. 

The waterfall itself drops in a unique formation consisting of slides and a horsetail. There are also large pools at the base of the different drops. The main pool, referred to as the Emerald Pool, is one of the greatest swimming holes in all of New Hampshire. The pool is large and features depths of 10 to 12 feet. It is the ultimate spot for cooling off on a hot summer day. Many swimmers do flock to the pool, so try to visit early or on weekdays to avoid many others being there.

When it comes to accessing the waterfall and swimming hole, the trail is short and easy to follow. Visitors can park in a dedicated lot located just off Main Road, aka NH-113, in Chatham, New Hampshire. Then hike the Emerald Pool Trail for 0.80 miles one-way to the falls. The hike only features 200 feet of elevation gain and it is rated as easy. Kids are sure to love the waterfall and dogs are welcome to join too!

Looking for some other great waterfall nearby? Eagle Cascade is located a bit further up the trail and Brickett Falls is located in Chatham, NH too!


Waterfall Specs

  • Height: 15-foot total drop
  • Type: Horsetail and slides
  • Water Source: Charles Brook
  • Swimming: Excellent

Emerald Pool Location

  • Park: White Mountain National Forest
  • Address: Main Road (also known as NH-113)
  • Town: Chatham
  • State: New Hampshire
  • GPS: 44.237732, -71.029258
  • Parking Notes: There is a good-sized parking area on the western side of Main Road. The trailhead to Emerald Pool is located just across the street.
  • Parking Directions: HERE
  • Location Directions: HERE


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