If you’re looking for a short and easy hike with the added bonus of unique natural beauty, a visit to Diana’s Baths is just the answer with picturesque waterfalls and natural pools conveniently located just outside North Conway Village. Adults and children alike can have fun exploring the area and wading in the pools and brook in summer and admiring the frozen beauty in winter. A great place to visit anytime of the year.
Diana’s Baths are a must see if you are in the North Conway area and want to experience nature at its finest. Diana’s baths lie along Lucy Brook in Bartlett which is fed from Big Attitash Mountain. During the summer the baths are a great place for children and grown-ups alike to enjoy the tranquility of nature, and explore the many rocks, ledges, cascading falls and pools in the brook. The cascading falls measure approximately 75 feet in total height. The hike to Diana’s Baths is a fairly easy 6/10ths of a mile on a relatively flat, wide gravel path. Being part of the US National Forrest System, there is a large parking lot at the entrance to the hiking path and a self service pay station which requires visitors to purchase and display a daily pass on the dashboard your vehicle.
In the 1860’s, after building a house and barn on the banks of the brook, George Lucy built a water wheel powered sawmill. In the 1890’s George built a 12 room boarding house for tourists to visit the site. In the 1930’s Chester Lucy built a concrete dam with a water feed and turbine system to replace the water wheel used to power the sawmill. Both the rooming house and sawmill were eventually sold to the US Government and have become part of the national Forrest land. Due to the deterioration, the buildings were eventually removed from the site in the 1960’s. Remnants of the site can still be seen today including the old cellar holes and parts of the dam system, feed tube and turbine gears used to power the sawmill.
While in the area, be sure to visit Cathedral Ledge and, Whitehorse Ledge in Echo Lake State Park which are all located within a few miles of Diana’s Baths.
After a day exploring the beauty of nature, Stonehurst Manor welcomes you to come back, enjoy your favorite meal and relax by the pool and outdoor hot tub or by your in-room Jacuzzi tub to relax your muscles.