Explore the most popular camping 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
2 days ago

The reviews about this trail are pretty fair. Sharing my different experience: The weather forecast for our hike showed rain. It started raining as soon as we got to the lake, so we spent lunchtime in the hut. The lake was completely covered in clouds about half an hour later. We were happy to have seen the lake before the clouds rolled in, because we couldn’t see anything by the time we left!

I’d rate it a harder moderate due to the rocky nature going up in the second half, but it’s so worth it making it to the top. Lake is serene and beautiful, views are fantastic and the hut is a great place to stop for a rest and snack.

Great trail well traveled and fun to hike , the hut at the top on the lake is perfect for having lunch before continuing on. The ducks are so friendly on the lake and the views are so gorgeous especially in fall !

We did this trail today and lost a navy blue sweatshirt that says SJP soccer. If you find it please email me. Thanks! LUSKCT@gmail.com

Thank you!

For my first hike this was a doozy ! My new date Kelly took me on this one. I thought I was gonna die ! alot of ups and downs. Cannon mountain view was beautiful. Then onto the cannon balls and North Kinsman and South Kinsman. Met a lot nice people on the hike which made it fun ! The fishing Jimmy trail was steep and seemed like it was never gonna end but having Kelly to talk to kept me going.The stop for a coffee at the Lonesome lake hut was a pleasant treat. we ran out of daylight on the last legg of the trail and had to use a cell phone for light. Will be getting a head lamp very soon. I'm glad I did this hike all and all was a lesson in endurance ! and was a great challenge !

hiking
16 days ago

We're super slow hikers and this trail took us 3 hours from our camp at Lafayette Place. It's an incline for the first hour and a half and levels out around the lake. Big steps, maybe a scramble or two, but totally worth it. The view of the mountains from the lake was absolutely beautiful. Very chilly late September, so remember a jacket! :)

I'd rate it MODERATE HARD getting lake. EASY around lake and MODERATE going back.

Excellent parking situation even on a very busy Saturday when all other popular spots in the Notch are overflowing into the shoulders of I93. This trail is nothing too special but does offer an easy trail walk with nice access points to Profile lake to watch fish and put your feet in with good views of mtns opposite. Would recommend pairing this walk with the short trail down to the Old Man profile viewing area which originates from the same parking lot and has lots of literature and two exhibits. Bathrooms available on site too.

hiking
1 month ago

Went hiking with my girlfriend for our anniversary, and she fell in mud, slipped on the way back landing on her butt, and got a really good workout. So all in all, it was a really good day. Long hike for sure, and the lake is pretty small, but really nice.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Took two dogs one older and they both made it up. but definitely challenging. Many rocks and some steep inclines. The hike had some challenging parts but since it was a cooler day and dry it was fun! Loved the view from the top. Parking filled up fast to go early. They also have good bathrooms since it’s also the camp site but no trash for the dog poop.

hiking
1 month ago

First half is pretty easy, gets a little steeper through the middle and then it levels out once you get closer to the lake. Really nice views all around the lake, didn’t go in for a swim just because it was a little cooler out but look forward to coming back on a hot summer day!

Great hike. Steep at the beginning; good workout. Beautiful lake at the top and a flat loop that goes around it. Plenty of places to stop and admire the beauty. We had a gorgeous day and will certainly do this one at some point in the future, maybe adding the ridge trail.

great time

Moderate trail at most. Very enjoyable especially once you reach the lake. Beautiful views at the summit. Circling the lake was awesome on the man-made tree trail. Ascending and descending through the woods didn’t have too many views but the trail was well worth it. Great for a short hike.

I had really good time hiking up the 5 peaks: Lafayette, Lincoln, Little Haystack, Liberty and Flume mountains. Climbing down Flume Mountain was a great challenge filled with fatigue and pain. However, you will forget all the pain once you finish the trail by the end of the day. It took us about 11h:20m to complete all 5 peaks.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great hike and a great workout to get to the top of the mountain to reach the lake. We took our two dogs and they were able to get through all parts of the trail without our help. The reason we did not give this trail 5 stars is because we wish the loop around the lake were longer, since it took approx. 45 mins of high intensity energy to get up to the lake, but then only 25 mins to go around the lake. Overall would definitely recommend but keep in mind this is not a leisurely trail and you will definitely be getting a workout for the full 2 hours it took us to do the trail loop!

Very nice. We got an early start and it was a little busy on the way back.

So much road noise and parts of the trail at the beginning are in need of repair.

hiking
1 month ago

Great family hike! Midway on the route was pretty rocky - bigger issue going down than coming up - but my family of 4 plus dog loved it. The lake is spectacular and having the hut there is a bonus! (Bathroom and refilling water bottles!!)

hiking
1 month ago

wonderful trail uphill until reaching the lake which is amazing. Not so moderate for those in a mediocre shape...but well worth the effort.

beautiful! its steep until you almost get to the lake, then it levels out. great hike for kids and the inexperienced, just take plenty of breaks. the hut at the top has bathrooms

Great hike! Elevation gain on my gps said 1,846. A bit more than what AllTrails had. My 11 yo loved this hike and we all had fun! Very heavily trafficked. Recommend and early arrival to get a parking spot.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked up with my parents who are inexperienced hikers. One used trecking poles. This was my second time doing this hike and I really enjoy the views at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. The lake and trail that loops it are worth the climb. Be sure to check out Lonesome Lake Hut! There are bathrooms there and places to change if you want to swim!

This is a really nice hike in Franconia. Although the incline is steep at parts, it levels off shortly after. Definitely less strenuous than the trails up the ridge across the highway.

At the lake is a lovely dock that gives views to Franconia Ridge and Cannon. This is a great place to stop for lunch. Curious and friendly resident ducks on the lake may come up to you, but don’t feed them! They are fun to watch though.

It can get a bit muddy around the lake, but bog bridges help mitigate that.

I took the Dodge Cutoff Trail back down. It was less developed than the LL trail up. No staircases on Dodge. Less people though. I’d recommend going back down the way you came though.

Really nice hike, a good way to pass a few hours.

Tough uphill, a little muddy at the top. Nice views.

hiking
2 months ago

We did this with our two children age 3.5 and 5.5 y and it was a big success. The young one was in my back for the first half and then he wanted to climb on his own. It was a lot of fun. I recommend this trail for any family with minimum experience. Hiking boots are a plus since some sections are somewhat rocky.

Awesome begginer hike to get you fitted for more bigger hikes. Trail gets steep for a ways. Beautiful lake and hut. Recommend doing the full trail around the lake. Great views!

An ambitious loop with lots of elevation gain, I would recommend starting with Cannon Mountain since that’s the steepest part of this loop. Cannon has an observation tower with great views into Franconia Notch and on to the peaks you are about to tackle. The trail to Northeast Cannonball drops very steeply and rises again to the summit, there’s no cairn or sign, just a small clearing that’s hard to miss. The trail from there traverses a mossy forest with some swampy sections. North Kinsmen is wooded but has an excellent vista, South Kinsmen is an amazing Peak with panoramic views. There are two cairns, one of which may confuse hikers at the false summit of South Kinsmen, remember to continue on to the larger cairn which is about 4.5 feet tall in an open clearing. The views are unmatched on this high peak. Fishin Jimmy is somewhat steep with lots of wooden steps nailed to the slab rock. Kinsmen Pond is very pretty and Lonesome Lake is spectacular, with great views of Franconia Ridge. Be sure to grab some pastries at the AMC hut before completing the last mile of trail.

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