Diana’s Baths – New Hampshire’s Most Beautiful Waterfall
Diana’s Baths, also known as “Diana’s Falls,” are a must-see for anyone visiting New Hampshire. Even if you are not into chasing waterfalls, the hike here alone is worthy of your time and attention.
Located in Bartlett, these falls are fed by Big Attitash Mountain and cascade. The entire trail to the top is decorated with rock pools and miniature falls on the route to the main waterfall at the top.
Diana’s Baths is an easy hike for anyone to accomplish. The elevation is gradual and mild. And there’s a little obstruction to reaching the top.
The timeshare we stayed in was three bedrooms, two baths, two stories, and a private sauna in it! Not too shabby….
Think we are nuts? Not really; I paid $207 for it on eBay!If you do not have a timeshare, you can stay at any of these hotels nearby:
Camping At Diana’s Baths
It is not possible to camp inside the park. However, there are plenty of camping sites in the area along with vacation rentals.
Exploring Diana’s Baths
The hike up the falls is three-quarters of a mile. As I mentioned, the elevation is low, in many places flat.
You start the hike by walking through the woods on a lovely gravel paved walkway.
Once you have navigated the walkway, you will begin the easy climb up the pools, aka baths. We visited more than ten water holes and waterfalls in this region, and Diana’s Baths was everyone’s favorite. Easily, this one is the most enjoyable.
Why? Here’s Why!
I mentioned this is an easy hike. This makes it leisurely, and there is no intensity of the climb.
It is heaven on earth, literally! I cannot even begin to describe how scenic it is. The views are stunning, the water is crystal clear, and the air is the cleanest you’ll breathe.
You can cool off in the pools as you go up. And you can slide down small natural rockslides in some of the pools.
Many rock formations are large enough to sunbathe on or even hang out for the day. Find your rock and claim it!
There is only one major waterfall at the top of the trail. It is a 12-foot plunge over smooth granite, and you can stand under it.
The perfect spot for an Instagram-worthy shoot if that is your thing.
As with any natural body of water, flows change. The water volume here varies based on how much rainfall and season. April is when the water will be at its most intense. As such, be careful crossing the pools when the water is gushing.
Rock cairns are human-made piles of rocks. You will have seen them all over the world. You will encounter rock cairns at Diana’s Baths. However, they are frowned upon, so please do not create your own.
Parking At Diana’s Baths
There are tons of parking at Diana’s Baths. However, like with all parks, it has first come, first served. This place is packed on the weekend, and it is hard to get a parking spot. If you have your heart set on visiting Diana’s Baths, I advise avoiding school holidays and weekends.
It cost $5 to park. There is a self-service pay station where you get a ticket to display your vehicles.
Frequently Asked Questions About Diana’s Baths
How long of a hike is Diana’s bath?
It is ¾ of a mile.
Can you swim in Diana’s Baths?
You can dip and soak in the pools, but they are not big enough to actually swim in. Well, not big enough to swim laps!
Why is it called Diana’s Baths?
It is named after the Roman goddess of the hunt, the moon, and nature.
What You Need to Know When Visiting Diana’s Baths
Bug spray is a must! Sadly, we did not take any with us, and the sheer number of bugs cut down our time in this dreamland. Ironically, we are not novices to trails. We should have known better. However, we had visited many falls before this one and did not experience the bugs. So, be forewarned you need bug spray to spend a long time here.
It would be best if you had walking shoes for the trail. If tackling this in winter, you need walking shoes with a firm grip.
It would help if you had water shoes for the pools.
This might seem obvious, but you need sunscreen. There are several areas with no shade.
There is a bathroom at the entrance.
Dogs are allowed along the trails, but you must clean up after them.
Do not litter the area and leave no trace behind.
There are few places left where you can enjoy a day out for $5! This is not just a cheap day out; it is a beautiful day out. Everyone who enjoys being outdoors will love Diana’s baths.
Pack a picnic, your bathing suit, and supplies, then hit the water.
It is extremely relaxing to wade through the pools and take in the stunning scenery.
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Nikki Webster is a travel writer who covers how to travel while grinding a day job without breaking the bank. Nikki is always in search of off-the-beaten-track experiences and unique stays. She is particularly fond of Florida and writes extensively about the state. She flies around 60,000 miles annually and has visited 74 countries, 50 states, and six continents. You can read all about her travels at www.britonthemove.com or follow along on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.