The Granite State never ceases to amaze me with all of her natural beauty. We have lakes, mountains, the ocean, we have it all! And sometimes, there is beauty hiding in the most unsuspecting places.

A Reddit user named madcyclist69 shared this photo of an emerald pool on the New Hampshire subreddit group. There is no filter or anything funky on this photo. That is the actual color of the pool. How amazing is that?

madcyclist69 via Reddit
madcyclist69 via Reddit

The comments came pouring in from fellow Redditors sharing fond childhood memories of taking a dip in its chilly waters. It was called a "shock to the system" multiple times.

It is located just off the Baldface Circle Trail on 2223 Main Road in Chatham, NH. It’s less than a mile in. You must follow the trail along the river for a little bit, and eventually you’ll come to the pool. You can’t miss it.

Rumor has it that it's the perfect place to soak those muscles after a long hike, because it truly feels like ice. I'll have to make a mental note of that for next year!

According to, the pool gets its color from algae living on the rocks at the bottom of the pool.

Some things to keep in mind before visiting the Emerald Pool off of Baldface Trail:

  • Rocks are slippery, so bring water shoes!
  • BUG SPRAY is a must.
  • There is a place where people jump off into the water.
  • Your dogs will be obsessed.
  • It's really, really, really cold, and yes, all of those "really's" were necessary.

For more photos and info about the Emerald Pool off Baldface Circle Trail, check out All Trails.

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