Lady’s Bathtub Swimming Area offers scenic swimming in the east branch of the Pemigewasset River without leaving town. The parking for this river access is on private property at the Riverfront Condominiums, so you’ll want to be sure you only park in the small, signed lot by the tennis courts. Be respectful of private property and keep your group small. No alcohol or glass is allowed at the swimming area, and any trash or pet waste should be packed out with you. This swimming hole can get crowded on hot summer days, so keep in mind there are many spots along this river just outside of town, too.
A short trail leaves the parking lot and heads through a few trees toward the river and down a set of wooden steps. The stairs lead you out to a large open rock, which slopes slightly toward the water. Some rocks may be slippery and make it harder to climb out of the river. No lifeguard is on duty so swimming is at your own risk. A playground of rocks provides places to sit both in and beside the river. The bright green color of the water adds to the natural beauty of this area.
Swimming holes and cliff jumping can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable outdoor activities that pose significant risks regarding personal safety. Changing water levels, unseen rocks, and river bottoms that have shifted with currents and seasonal weather can turn a well-known jumping area into a serious hazard. Prior to engaging in these activities, extensively scout the current conditions, and understand the risks involved with serious injury and the logistical challenges of evacuation from the water so you can make safe decisions.