Best Swimming Holes In New Hampshire

Updated: Feb 28

Sawyer Rock – Barlett
This pristine swimming hole is a lesser-known gem if you’re looking to ditch the crowds this summer. The rocks are great for jumping as well as sunbathing.

Upper Ammonoosuc Falls – Twin Mountain
The popular Upper Ammonoosuc Falls features tons of chutes and pools at the bottom of the falls that are safe to swim in at lower water levels, usually in later summer.

Franconia Falls – Lincoln
Franconia Falls features multiple swimming holes, natural waterslides, and exposed rock slabs to enjoy on a summer day. The 6.4 miles, nearly flat, round-trip hike starts from the Lincoln Woods trailhead off NH 112, Kancamagus Highway.

Jackson Falls – Jackson
This is a popular spot for families with small children to visit. Enjoy over 175-feet of slides, pools, and waterfalls in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire. There are also some picnic tables found here to eat lunch during your visit.

Emerald Pool – Intervale
Emerald Pool sits at the base of North & South Baldface mountains, a challenging loop hike featuring plenty of bouldering and panoramic views from both summits. The pool offers relatively safe cliff-jumping opportunities into a pool filled with emerald-green-colored water. Accessing the pool requires an easy 0.7-mile hike each-way.

Lower Ammonoosuc Falls – Twin Mountain
The sign for the falls is located on the road directly beside Mount Deception Campground. Follow the gravel path from the parking lot that leads straight to the falls. The falls feature a natural waterslide that cascades down into a large calm pool.

Humphrey's Ledge – North Conway
This deepwater swimming hole is located in the Saco River and is a lesser-known gem within the White Mountain National Forest for those looking to ditch the crowds this summer.

Sculptured Rocks – Groton
An extremely scenic and pristine area features clean and cold pools, a twisting cavern, tight passages, and cliff jumping opportunities at Sculptured Rocks. One of the most beautiful scenic and geologic sites in New Hampshire.

Diana's Baths – Conway
Cedar Brook flows over smooth rocks into pools where you can swim during the summer months if the water is deep enough. A very popular and busy spot to visit on summer weekends by locals and tourists.
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