What We Did
Protected 325 acres of pristine land in the White Mountains, including an iconic series of swimming holes
Allow public access for explorers of all ages to hike, swim, and experience this one-of-a-kind escape
In 2002, Trust for Public Land worked with the U.S. Forest Service and White Mountain National Forest to protect 325 iconic acres around Lucy Brook—a picturesque waterway with a series of swimming holes. The area is surrounded by the national forest and the Echo Lake-Cathedral Ledge State Park, a rock-climbing destination where peregrine falcons sometimes nest, and it includes portions of two popular hiking trails. But it’s best known for Diana’s Baths—named after the Roman goddess of the hunt, the moon, and nature.
Diana’s Baths has become one of the most prized and visited attractions in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The tranquil swimming holes— accessed by flat, well-maintained hiking trails—are an easy option for explorers of all ages. And the massive rocks surrounded by waterfalls combine for a picture-perfect experience. Best of all, this popular area is just outside the city of North Conway, bringing significant tourism dollars to the local economy.
“This cooperative effort between public and private sectors, along with local residents, is a model of how conservation can be a win-win for all involved,” said former U.S. Senator Bob Smith. “I congratulate the Trust for Public Land for putting together this partnership that will preserve New Hampshire’s natural beauty for all to enjoy.”