NH Family Hikes

Emerald Pool

Length: 1.6 miles out-and-back

Difficulty (click for info): Beginner

Elevation Gain: 200 feet

Rating (click for info): 6/10

Height: 10'

River: Charles Brook

Driving Directions:
Trailhead and parking area are on Maine Rt. 113 in Chatham, NH. Note: because of the confusion which can arise from two different Rt. 113's (NH 113 and ME 113) being so close to each other, we have given directions for this particular hike from Conway. From the junction of NH 16 and NH 113 in Conway, drive east on NH 113. In 2.0 miles, Rt. 302 joins from the left; continue straight on Rt. 302/113. In 4.7 miles, NH 113 ends, and the road, now only Rt. 302, crosses the Maine border. In 1.1 miles from the border (5.8 miles from jct. 302/113), turn left onto ME 113 (River Street). Drive 1.2 miles (crossing back into NH), then turn right to stay on ME 113, now East Conway Road. In another mile, turn right again to stay on ME 113, now called West Fryeburg Road, crossing back into Maine. In 4.4 miles, turn right one more time to stay on ME 113 where NH 113B continues ahead. In another 3.1 miles, NH 113B enters from the left, the name of the road changes to Main Road, and it crosses the state line back into NH. Continue 2.7 miles, and turn right into a large parking area, clearly marked for Baldface Circle Trail. The trail begins across the road, just north of the parking area. Look for a stone staircase leading into the woods.

About the Hike:
The beauty of Emerald Pool is not in its small cascade, but in the lovely green hue of the pool below it. A small gorge above the pool creates a few small cascades. Below the cascades, the rock opens up into a bowl where the picturesque green water swirls around. Reached by a pleasant walk through the woods on the bottom section of the Baldface Circle Trail, Emerald Pool is a fine side trip to any adventure in the Evans Notch region. Hike 0.7 miles up Baldface Circle Trail to a trail intersection known as Circle Junction. Turn right here at a sign for Emerald Pool and follow the beaten paths 0.1 miles down to Emerald Pool.

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