Franconia Falls Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This was not so much a hike as a walk to get to a great destination. My kids 10 year old, 12 year old and 15 year old had a wonderful time on the slides. We hiked some trails that are listed as difficult and moderate. This is not either of those. This is an old road bed with little as far as beautiful views that are seen in most of the area. But when you get to the slides and falls it's is awesome. The huge slabs of rock to lay about to soak up sun. Or the shoots that launch you into deep pools. As always be alert of your surroundings and you level of comfort when you transverse the brooks and rocks.
We didn't actually make it to the falls so maybe had we gotten there I would rate it better, but the hike out is very boring - basically a jogging path along the river. I thought there would be things to do/see along the way but there wasn't and my 5 and 7 year old weren't really enjoying it (bugs were also pretty bad). After going about a mile we turned around.
Such a fun and easy hike. The natural water slides are a blast. Highly recommend.
Very easy stroll through the woods. The waterfalls are great. ..be careful swimming. ..water is cold!
My first hike with my son. Falls are great bring a bathing suit
Nice easy traill off of an intersect with a bridge. Great stone collecting. Very peaceful when unpopulated.
Very busy trail in mid-summer with people headed to the falls to play and cool down. Completely flat hike until the very end as you approach the falls. Suggest diverting off the trail to Black Pond before the falls to enjoy sitting by this beautiful pristine pond.
Coming down to the Conway area in winter for a weekend of Snowshoeing/Hiking this is great place to stretch the legs and have a thermos lunch in the woods. Simple flat walk to the falls with nice babbling brooks along the way.