Sunday, May 12, 2013

Diane's Baths

Diane's Baths
Well, I still have a lot of information to pass on about my trip to the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  Today's blog is about Diana's Baths Waterfalls located in Bartlett New Hampshire.  This is definitely a must-see destination, if you are in the North Conway area.  Diana's Baths lie along Lucy Brook in Bartlett and is feed from big Attitash Mountain.  In the spring, when the water levels are at their peak, the flow down the approximately 75 feet total height of the waterfall gives a spectacular show.  Later on in the year when the water levels are lower, it is safer for people to walk along the rocks and weighed in the pools.  Still, while I was there, people were on the rocks at the upper portion of the falls.
Diane's Baths

Diane's Baths. Shoes left at the base, while people when higher up onto the falls

Diane's Baths

Diane's Baths

Family, climbing on the rocks at Diane's Baths


A little history of the site taken from the Official North Conway, New Hampshire Area Guide: " 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."
Cellar hole
Turbine Gear


Diana's Baths is located at 3405 West Side Rd. and there is a large parking lot, maintained by the U.S. Forest Service.  There is a $3 a day fee to park in the lot.  It is a short 6/10 of a mile hike up a gravel path to Diane's Baths