Explore the most popular nature trips 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
13 hours ago

A lot easier than expected with a moderate rating. A lot of the path was paved and not difficult at all.

Beautiful.

Trail is not marked well and pretty steep towards the end. Beautiful though.

hiking
3 days ago

Very quick and easy hike, busy route, with a beautiful view of Echo Lake at the bluff lookout.

Kinsman Ridge Trail to top of Cannon Mountain. Wow! A tough climb up and down. Very rocky and rooty, with sections of ledge. Trail was wet the day we hiked, which made for some skidding/sliding. Avoid this if you have bad knees. Trekking poles were useful on the way down. Trail is well marked. Lightly to moderately traveled, depending on your definitions and the time of day. Great view from the overlook, so be sure to stop there! Also great views from the Cannon Mountain tower. Very busy at the top due to the tramway. We did not proceed across the Cannon Balls and/or to the Kinsman peaks, just an out and back on Kinsman Ridge Trail to Cannon Mountain.

This trail is an absolute beast. The large rocks during the entire ascent are pretty slippery. There’s one spot where a large sheered rock, at an upward angle, is part of the path and it was slick and challenging to maneuver, with a tree down near it. The weather prevented any meaningful views from the ridge and the summit unfortunately. One of the toughest hikes I’ve done. There is a tram to get down, if you want to avoid a pretty treacherous descent over the slippery rocks.

hiking
6 days ago

Nice quiet trial up to the hut, busier to the summit. Plenty hard enough for me!

hiking
7 days ago

nice hike before heading home

Awesome hike highly recommend

Completed 6/29. Great hike to include 3 peaks of NE111.
I chose a custom loop, climbing immediately up HI-Cannon Trail to tag Cannon Mountain (which is included in the 'Terrifying 25' club! > really wasn't horrible, some steep spots but nothing we haven't all seen before)... It was a foggy morning, but made for some nice pictures. The climb down Cannon had steep sections & was roughly 2.4mi to N. Kinsman on the Kinsman Ridge Trail. One great outcrop rock for beauty views of range. Continued out & back to S. Kinsman & returned on Fishin' Jimmy Trail. The long trek down the never-ending Fishin Jimmy is where exhaustion kicked in, knees aching all the way to Lonesome Lake (a perfect rest area). Final push back to trailhead.

Overall:
11.2mi
6hr20m
4,425ft elev gain

Strenuous but memorable!

quick hike

accidentally did 2 miles on the pemi trail before starting. lots of fun, going down lonesome lake trail was neat and the lake itself was a better view than mt.cannon imo but well worth it regardless.

hiking
10 days ago

beautiful serene walk thru the flume and gorge and caves although it has a lot of uphill hiking. saw 3 chipmunks and 2 red squirrels and several kinds of birds. want to do it again in the fall.

a good workout, was very busy but the view was beautiful!

hiking
11 days ago

great hike to do in an hour

Moderate hike.Great for families or beginner hiker's.The views are amazing.

I'm a pretty in shape person and avid hiker and this trail kicked my but in the best way! Went up to Liberty than over to Flume than back. Amazing views would do again.

hiking
15 days ago

Great trail with many scenic waterfall views and opportunities to get in the water in a couple spots. We have hiked the trail three or four times and would recommend it for a drier day. The trail can be very muddy after it has rained to the point where I was sinking ankle deep with each step. For those who want to follow the trail all the way to Lonesome Lake, be aware that you will need to get past a difficult river crossing. It was doable, but our dogs struggled to make the crossing and had to be carried across one at a time.

Short distance but 170 floors in 8.5 miles (out and back )
Greenleaf Hut at the top has food and water to refill you .
And What a View :-)
Highly recommended Hike

I have just completed the trail today and it was a memorable experience. I've added the mileage based on trail marker and it comes to almost 7 miles not 5 esp if you go around the lake to AMC hut. The view from the beach area at lonesome lake hut is incredibly picturesque. I like the view from the observation tower on top of Cannon Mountain as well.

The trail was steep and challenging especially when wet like today. I fell twice on the way down but brace myself well and was not too hurt. I climbed up from hi-canon which was really tough on a hot and humid day. It is densely wooded so there is not much to see but that changes once you get to Kinsman Ridge trail which has plenty of scenic vistas.

I will definitely hike this trail again and next time skip the chili at cannon tram cafe. And next time I will hit the trail earlier in the morning before it gets hot.

Flume slide is deceiving at first, begins as a nice walk in the woods. After an hour or so the trail quickly becomes steep and you rock climb, not hike, your way to the top. Beautiful and easy trek to Liberty. Highly recommend!

Did this trail with my 14 year old son as a Father-Son adventure. Very challenging but very rewarding.
This easily makes it into my top 10 favorite trails.

There was a steady incline but the vista views were worth it. There are a few bridges to help to cross a small river. Trail was still wet from rains earlier in the week.

hiking
20 days ago

Deff a challenging trail, took this one up and down. But it was beautifully covered in moss that created some breath taking views along the way. Very rocky most of the way, that kept it interesting. A little tough on the knees on the way down. The very best part about this trial is that not many people know about it, or take it. We passed by only 2 people the entire trail. Park at the Cannon Mt parking lot and also beat the over packed trail parking lots! Took us 7 hours total

hiking
20 days ago

Hiked this yesterday with my DH! White Mountain National Forest is one of our favorite places to explore so we enjoyed this hike. The trail up is a bit steep and muddy/slippery in many areas but plenty of areas to grab on to a tree or rest if needed. We plan to come back sometime in the Spring and go all the way to Lonesome Lake. It was a beautiful day and it was so nice to be able to step off the trail here and there and enjoy the beautiful and serene waters with different views each time! :-)

This trail kicked my butt! Not sure how much of that was the 90 degree, 60% humidity weather, but from mile 2 to mile 4 I was begging for it to be over. I’d agree with the other reviews... “stairs on steroids!” The view from the summit was not great for me, and even though there weren’t many people out, it felt too busy at the top because it’s a small summit. The description doesn’t tell you, but the map takes you past Mount Liberty to Mount Flume. I couldn’t make it that far that day! I am looking forward to hiking up Flume one day though, because it seemed like a serious scramble! I prefer scramble to stairs any day

hiking
21 days ago

Belle randonnée familiale, très bien aménagée et facile. Décor impressionnant.

hiking
21 days ago

Trail was very muddy because of the the rain. Was difficult to tell where to cross the river (not enough markings) and there was no marking to cross over to the cascade brook trail so we had to turn around and walk down the way we came.

Get there early and go when it’s rainy! We were the only ones there, and doors open at 8:30am.

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