Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Franconia Notch State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
4 days ago

The guidebook said easy to moderate and family friendly. Lies! terrible with a 3 year old and treacherous with an infant on my back. I am no experienced hiker by any means but there were others on the path saying the same thing. I was worried I would slip during the long decline and fall back on my infant. Safety complaints aside, we felt accomplished. It was still an enjoyable hike with great views as the reward.

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icy
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snow
5 days ago

Beautiful view on the big rock ledge overlooking the lake and mountains. There are also small overlooks scattered throughout the trail. When it snows the rocks will be slippery and icy so just use caution.

Pretty icey and snowy. Would recommend poles and good shoes. Great views!

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icy
muddy
6 days ago

Tree across the trail towards the beginning if you take the right trail

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icy
rocky
snow
6 days ago

Amazing trail anytime of year. Dangerous when it snows. Steep at certain parts. Awesome views of Cannon and Lafayette.

Took this loop from the Basin parking lot on 11/06 and it clocked in closer to 8.5 miles that way, trimming off some distance. My dog and I went up Flume Slide and descended Liberty Springs. The trail to the slide is easy to moderate, a very enjoyable walk with multiple water crossings. The slide is fun! It was wet and icy in spots, but still totally passable. For comparison, i hiked the Kinsmans three days earlier and was way more concerned and uncomfortable hiking an icy Fishin’ Jimmy than this slide. I think an agile, confident pup would have no problem with the slide in good conditions. The few places that were too icy for her to attempt, mine managed to circumvent just fine. (That said, I am sure there are plenty of dogs who would not be comfortable with such a steep climb; know your dog!) We took it SLOW up the slide (about an hour for a mile) and the whole hike including breaks took us 5 1/2 hours. Beautiful views at both summits!

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bridge out
muddy
rocky
8 days ago

Overall great trail, took three hours to complete. The lake was amazing, the bridge is out, but we simply went upstream a bit and found a shallow cross over and continued on, a minor inconvenience. This trail is easily accessible from the high way and won’t disappoint.

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scramble
11 days ago

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scramble
11 days ago

Completed this hike yesterday. Definitely glad I went up the Flume side and down the Liberty Springs trail. Between Flume and Liberty there are several trees down blocking the path. Had to navigate this. Must have been from the last storm to go through. Flume trail is a nice trail until the last mile or so. Then be prepared to climb straight up wet and icy rocks now. Took over 6.5 hours (closer to 7.5) because we stopped at the summit of both to enjoy the views and to have a little coffee to warm up. Also several of the river crossings were more difficult because it was up. Had to travel off the path just to find safe crossing on the Flume side. Met a nice gentleman on the way up. Was kind enough to take pictures of us when we reached the summit. Remember the time change and that sunset is much earlier now. Saw several without headlamps and heading up very late in the day. Oh and it was my first time hiking while it snowed. Made for some great pictures.

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful, easy hike. Views were beautiful at the bluff.

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muddy
rocky
13 days ago

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