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Nice river walk, payoff is nice with a closed in pond and waterfall

This is a great hike for a family. The walk through the gorge is really beautiful. The way back around you get a couple nice views of mountains and the cliffs/pool. It wasnt busy when I was there. If you have little ones, do not bring a stroller. It is def not friendly up the gorge. The walkways add adventure to the hike itself.

What a nice place to hike. I was surprised by the abundance of different mushrooms in that forest. They grow in many colors and different sizes.
Luckily we used bug repellent so the mosquitoes didn't bother us too much.

Great hike, does get steep about halfway up but you’re under tree cover the entire way up to the peak so it stays pretty cool even on a hot day. Brought my dog and she had no problems navigating the trail. The first half of the trail follows along the Pemigewasset River and the gentle sound of rushing water is always nearby. Wide cliff at the summit provides fantastic views of the town of Lincoln and the White Mountains.

hiking
3 days ago

Fun family trip with just the right mix of fun and challenge. Some steep and rocky parts but nothing too tough. I saw people of all ages - from young families with parents carrying babies in packs, to teens and seniors. Nice brook running up the side of the trail at some parts. Nice view st the summit. Can be a bit busy - not the trail you want if you prefer solitude. Well marked. Done with a 10 and 12 yr old, and 4 month old puppy. Nice canopy of trees to shine away the elements.

hiking
3 days ago

was a nice hike up today. under the canopy of the trees, air temp/humidity not bad for our group of 5 to make it in about an hour. the kids did fine, though one thought it was more steep than she expected. a great day

Really worth it!

hiking
7 days ago

Took the trail behind the visitor center to the left. Hiked up 1.6 miles expecting to reach the top. At the end of the 1.6 miles there was another Mt Williard sign for .5 or .6 miles. With sunset coming I did not have the time for the extra leg. This website either needs better directions to the trailhead or to update the hike the 4.4 miles.

The most beautiful piece of the world I’ve yet visited! Absolutely worth it. :)

Great hike! The section between the two falls is steep, but very manageable with good hiking shoes and poles. The view from the top is worth the effort. It opens up to see the highway far below. The red blazes are visible on the trees and rocks, just keep looking ahead for the next blaze.

love this app. it keeps you on the trails.

Amazing view, even on the second time around! Took the other side up the mountain this time, got to see the Falls, and encountered some wildlife...

Beautiful. Calming. You must experience the powerful spray at the base of the waterfall.

hiking
11 days ago

Definitely a family friendly hike on a well marked, gently sloping trail. Easy for even young children or seniors to climb. Beautiful views of the notch from the top.

backpacking
12 days ago

Did this trail with my scouts who had not been back country backpacking before. Had a great time. It was fairly smooth for the youngest to handle. There are active bears! We had one approach our camp 4 times in one night, 1st night. We went up the Franconia Falls Trail and had a great afternoon playing in the water on the 2nd day. Just let the scouts nap since they didn’t get much sleep the night before. Beautiful area.

We enjoyed our outing - however the second part of the trail to Harvard falls was very challenging with children- it was practically vertical. Trail is extremely poorly maintained- lots of downed trees on the path and hard to find the red blazes. The Georgiana Falls hike was much easier and there was a nice swimming hole we really enjoyed. If coming w young kids, i would say skip the second part of the trail.

The first section of this trail is wide, clearly marked, and gently slopes upwards, but after about 20 minutes of hiking the blaze marks become harder and harder to find so it’s easy to wonder off-Trail. The upper section between Georgiana Falls and Harvard Falls is nearly vertical
so you’re constantly looking for roots to use for toe-holds. The view of the Falls aren’t worth the hassle of hiking this poorly maintained trail.

hiking
13 days ago

Love this! Amazing views make for a perfect spot for lunch.

Fun trail that doesn’t take too long. Gets steep on the way up and takes about an hour. Getting down takes about 35-45 mins. Great views on top of the Whites. Awesome hike overall.

hiking
13 days ago

So much fun and the view is to die for !

great hike, waterfalls where really nice. We had recently got rain so they had a nice amount of water. Varied terrain, ups, downs, rocks and roots.

hiking
15 days ago

Took my wife to get her out in the fresh air, just a little 3 hour drive from home. She is by no means a hiker but she did OK with this. It's amazing to see people who you think would be in good shape who are out of breath just getting to the start of the gorge area. This is not a hike really but a nature walk (as their signs say) so if having trouble doing this, you should consider getting a little more exercise into your life. Arrived just around noon on Saturday and ticket line was not even a line but upon returning an hour or so later, the line was out the door. There is a shuttle to the start of the gorge if you want to take it but you'll need to actually walk uphill to see this once dropped off. The hike to the beginning is really not far, don't take the shuttle. It's funny because there are signs in the visitor area letting you know this as if some people may have actually asked why they built it so far away from the road. One could only let their imagination wonder why these signs are actually needed. It is a beautiful place and though you have to pay to see it, I guess it's worth it for many. ($16 per person) I see the reason they need to charge as it's a tourist destination and they need to maintain the paths they've built (you can fit golf karts through them) and everything else associated with it. Glad I went but don't expect to be back in the near future. The cost is really why I only rated this 4 stars instead of 5. And yes, my wife got her wind and made the couple miles.

on Mount Willard Trail

15 days ago

Great hike and view at top. 2 streams at beginning to cross and ledges at top that need to be careful with little ones.

Great hike. All woods and no views with lots of stepping stones to the summit. Fabulous views at the top so certainly worth the trip. Took me an hour up and 50 mins down. Will return in the Fall.

hiking
17 days ago

Great, reasonably easy hike, fairly short but challenging enough to feel as if you still accomplished something, and you got a great view at the top! Took us about and hour each way taking our time. Quick warning, however, we went after two days of somewhat raining weather. These are very wet and muddy trails after rain. A couple of places we had to walk through shallow, moving creeks. We had our waterproof hiking shoes so the mud and water didn’t bother us, but saw many people with sneakers struggling to get through the creeks and mud on slippery rocks. This is not a sneaker trail!

hiking
17 days ago

Enjoyed the trail and the top has beautiful views. We are intermediate hikers and this is a moderate hike. Myself, my husband and daughter who is 17 did the hike and it took about 2 hours including breaks. Sharper incline at the bottom of the trail but levels off near the top. It’s great that there is a bathroom at the start of the trail!

Nice, quick hike with lots of views. The only drawback is that it's super popular, so I recommend going early (or on a weekday) to beat the crowds.

Short hike but the view is excellent for the amount of work you put in. We squeezed this in as we were headed back home to MA, and it was perfect for the time crunch. We’re relatively fast hikers, and it took us about 40, 45 minutes up and a half hour down. Once we got to the top, the view was beautiful.

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