Emerald Pool
Chatham, NH

RATING: 3.0/5.0

Emerald Pool
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STATE: New Hampshire
COUNTY: Coos County
TOWN: Chatham
PARK: White Mountain National Forest
TYPE: Plunge
HEIGHT: 20 feet
WATER SOURCE: Charles Brook
TRAIL LENGTH: 0.7 mile
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy
HIKING TIME: 25 minutes
ALTITUDE GAIN: +100 feet
BEST TIME TO VISIT: May to October
SWIMMING: Excellent
DELORME ATLAS: Page 45, B-12 (unmarked)
HANDICAP ACCESS: No
INCLUDED IN BOOK: Yes (Included in appendix with limited information)
DOGS ALLOWED: Yes
COST TO VISIT: Free
ALTERNATE NAMES: None Noted

THE FALLS:

Rumor has it that this pool has a history of being clothing-optional, but there are just too many people aware of its existence in our opinion to get away with this without offending somebody. The Baldface Circle Trail is very well traveled year-round and Emerald Pool is not that far off the beaten path. What draws many visitors to this hot spot is not the nice plunge cutting through the large jagged rocks, but instead the beautiful green pool for cooling off on a hot day. It is one of two spectacular swimming holes in Evans Notch (the other being Rattlesnake Pool). This place holds a special place in our hearts. When you feast your eyes on this tempting pool, it will probably win you over as well.


TRAIL INFORMATION:

Cross the road from the parking area and walk 150 feet north up ME 113, where you will see the Baldface Circle Trail breaking into the woods on the left. Hike along the trail as it gradually climbs for 0.7 miles and you will come to an intersection of several trails. Turn right and follow a spur trail 0.1 mile down to the pool and small falls.


DIRECTIONS:

From the junction of ME 113 and US-302 in Fryeburg, Maine, take ME 113 north for 17.3 miles and turn right into a parking area for the Baldface Circle Trail. To get to Fryeburg, take NH 113 east from NH 16 in Conway, New Hampshire into Maine.


SPECIAL NOTES / UPDATES SINCE THE 2ND EDITION:

None.




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