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.

Would not do this again. Hardly any views. Glad to check these off the list. What’s up with the mileage? It’s 10.5 miles not 8.8. Another trail that is off on mileage...

Easy hike and great view

This is definitely more of a moderate trail and not an easy beginner hike. It is about 1.8 miles each way but the view at the top is very worth it. It is a pretty steady incline up hill for extended periods. Worth it to wear hiking boots and a hiking pole.

3 days ago

Awesome hike! Pretty quick, but awesome views of beautiful fall foliage! Definitely recommend!

3 days ago

As expected - a perfect place to enjoy the foliage! Gorgeous views and waterfalls, and the wooden decks are very well maintained! But note that this place is super popular in the fall and prepare to stand in the line for approx.30mins to buy tickets, unfortunately you can’t buy them online. But the trail is definitely worth the wait, you will love it!

really nice and peaceful spot... wish I lived closer to come back more often!

This was a awesome little hike with some amazing view points. Was enjoyable even in the rain today. The most and fog made the foliage pop even more. A bit slick and rocky but very doable in the right footwear

Gorgeous fall color and waterfalls.

Fogged in but a good workout. Met a really nice group of kids on the way up. Will definitely go back to see the views.

on Bald Mountain

5 days ago

I’m usually focused on getting to Artist’s Bluff, but took the time to add Bald Mountain today, and am glad I did! After the trail splits, it’s a nice, short rock scramble up to some great views of Cannon and Echo Lake. Maybe it’s just when I’m up there, but Bald Mountain seems to get much less foot traffic than Artist’s Bluff. To me, it is quieter and more contemplative, while offering similar (though less striking) views. Enjoy! :)

on Artist Bluff Trail

5 days ago

This is a great little hike with a fabulous view, especially in Fall when the leaves change color! The whole hike is fun, but if you just want to get to the bluff without doing the loop or adding Bald Mountain, you can access a much shorter (but also steeper) trail across from the Echo Lake parking lot. Just cross the street then bear right. The trail will be on your left, and is marked with red dashes. Enjoy! :)

awesome trail not hard at all easy hike

on Artist Bluff Trail

6 days ago

Short and easy hike with nice views points. Be prepare to climb up to Bald Mountain. Only sad point: we hear a lot the noise from the highway.

Did this back in June as a "warm up" hike and loved it! Finding the trail head was a tad confusing but the trail was a breeze and the summit had amazing views. Will do again and recommend to those who with families and beginner hikers.

Love this trail. Very easy and quick with stunning views at the top. View of cannon mountain and echo lake

9 days ago

it's a nice and easy trail to hike, perfect for all ages. the fall foliage is spectacular. 16$ seems a bit expensive though, considering there are plenty of beautiful and free hikes around the area.

10 days ago

Hiked the flume slide trail today with my experienced hiking dog, unfortunately the rocks were soaked and we both slipped... a lot. Must say the trail is very well marked up until the rock scrambles, so be cautious of that if you chose to walk along the trail which it appeared many have done. Overall if we didn’t summit in the clouds then the hike would’ve been VERY rewarding. Just know it’s very difficult for that last.. maybe 0.8 mile section before you reach flume summit.

Liberty springs was awesome, we were able to run the whole day down without any incidents, even with soaking wet rocks. That last leg of the hike on whitehouse is painfully boring and lasts forever.

Very easy hike. Quick loop took us only about 45 minutes or less. Great Lake views.

Nice hike. Unbeatable views. Well worth it.

There's a lot to love about this hike, quick elevation and gorgeous views. The one downside is trail conditions, which are notoriously silty and unmaintained. Fun climb but a bit of a pain to descent, especially in wet weather.

Loved it I saw it off the edge of the highway and really wanted to go up there really not that hard but great views

Nice quick and easy hike with some medium incline. The view is amazing for the amount of effort. The foliage and hike to get there was beautiful.

Water flowing the whole way up and great solitude hiking in dark timber. Lots of small trail challenges make it fun, especially navigating in the rain. Beautiful views from the top. High pay-off for such short mileage!

Great views for a short, rainy day hike! Waited for the clouds to change and saw great colors.

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 !

nice view, but you can hear cars from the highway.

It’s only 2.1 miles but it’s a little more steep and rigorous then I expected - felt like 3 miles. And very rocky in the middle. I wondered why I didn’t take the tram and then I saw how out of shape most of the people coming off the tram were. The view at the top and even at some points along the way was great and the observation deck is one of the best I’ve seen - but there were too many people - mostly people coming up the tram.

Great hike! The reward at the summit is completely worth it! Moderately hard.

Went on 9/20 with a first timer pup, she did great. There are a couple really steep parts but par for the course. Spent some time at the pond and lake taking in the sights as there were no summit views on this cloudy/ foggy day. Took us about 6 hrs round trip. Would do again with nicer weather at summit
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