Explore the most popular waterfall 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.

I didn't get very far on this hike because it was getting dark and it was slick with mud from recent rain. Of what I saw, The Basin is cool, the rest is nothing spectacular but still beautiful.

hiking
5 days ago

Awesome! Awesome! Easy trail, shady, kid friendly. Highly recommend. We went early at 8:30 and very low crowd, cafe was great. One of the nicest venues I’ve been to and I’ve been all over the country.

hiking
6 days ago

Only giving it 4/5 because it gets too crowded. But it is super easy and the scenery is nice. I would recommend it to families with children, wouldn't recommend it to experienced hikers.

This is actually 5.71 miles out and back. Trail is rough, hiking boots are strongly suggested to help navigate terrain. Mount Bald has wonderful views.

on The Flume Trail

hiking
9 days ago

My husband and I went here on a whim. Thought about it Friday night (Jun 2) and drove 2 hours the following morning (Jun 3). We paid $30/pp for the Flume + Cannon Mtn tramway. We thought the price was worth it for a great experience for beginners to hiking.

The hike to the Flume Gorge was beautiful and easy. The park is kept up very well, we saw replacement wood planks/beams where needed for safety for visitors. There are also covered areas throughout the trail called rain shelters on the map (given at time of ticket purchase).

The hike back from Flume Gorge takes you pass smaller waterfalls and a beautiful area called the Pools.

There was an area called the Wolf Den (clearly marked). It's this small cave that is formed between and underneath large boulder/rock formations. On the Flume Gorge website, it says that visitors can go into it and, if possible, squeeze out the small opening at the top of the cave. My husband and I gave it a shot. As I'm small in size, it was slightly easier for me than my husband. We emerged on the other side and were greeted by two groups of visitors.

The rest of the hike out of the park was very easy and peaceful. Although there were a good number of visitors, at times we were the only 2 on the trail. It was so peaceful, we heard birds chirping and the leaves rustling as the breeze blew through.

We thought the price was worth it and have plans to return during the fall for the foliage.

Amazing views the whole way up, from waterfalls to 360 Mountain View’s. Definitely a very hard trail, especially on the way down. Very long as well.

It cost us $60 to get in to this place and it was only a short walk near the water. The rest was spent walking through the other parts of the trail. Definitely not worth the money for us. We’ve done many, many trails across the United States and this was very disappointing.

Not worth the money you look at Yellowstone glacier Zion national parks it cost $80 for a year pass the trails are well kept up the parks are amazing we paid over $60 bucks to walk one hour and only half of it was near the river I will keep to the big boy trails like the Tetons! They tried telling me it was to do the keep up on the wood path so does the national parks don’t give me that.

hiking
13 days ago

One of my favorite trials in the area.

Beautiful! The views ramp up as you go along, each section of the falls larger and cooler than the last. The trail is mostly shaded and the water was cold in June. We ran into maybe two groups and there are several “trails” to walk along to avoid running into people. I put it into quotations because it is not well marked (look for red lines on trees) and people have made a lot of paths to get around downed trees. Be prepared to watch out for roots and big rocks. The hiking isn’t too hard if you pay attention. We brought a terrier sized dog that’s in good shape and she did pretty well but was tired by the end. We needed to keep an eye on her while jumping around the rocks. It’s worth going up to the end of the trail but the second to last water fall has an island in the middle of the gorge that’s perfect for a picnic.

Amazing trail! As others have said here; take falling waters up and enjoy the waterfalls then cross over the Franconia Ridge and go down Old bridal trail. the whole thing took me my dog and my slower friend 8 hours to complete the loop.

Used Mt Kinsman Trail to connect to Kinsman Ridge Trail to get to North and South Kinsman. The Mt Kinsman trail is a great trail. After passing the junction for Bald peak the trail gets steeper with more rocks and roots to go over. One it connects with Kinsman Ridge Trail there is a nice little outlooks where you can see Cannon Franconia Ridge.

Awesome waterfalls. Well worth the hike. I agree that it wasn't well marked

So amazing, gave it 4 stars only because you have to pay, its crowded, and no dogs, but still worth it. Perfect to do with your family. Easy walking.

Trail is marked with red blazes to Georgiana Falls, but is still hard to follow. As long as you follow the river you can't get lost. The last half mile or so is very steep but worth it. Beautiful river trail. Dogs loved it. Followed an unmarked trail to try and find Harvard Falls but did not have time to make it there.

Did an out and back to Little Haystack Mtn. A great four + hour hike. The waterfalls are viewed early, about half a mile in and get better as you continue for about another half mile. Once past the falls the trail gets steeper and more technical to the summit of Little Haystack. The view at the summit of Little Haystack is spectacular on a clear day and, gets better if you continue to Mt. Lincoln and Lafayette on the Franconia Ridge Trail. Then you can go down the Greenleaf Trail to the hut and continue down the Old Bridal Path Trail.

hiking
28 days ago

Did this one with our 5 year old... off season. So it was free and quiet... beautiful scenery!

hiking
28 days ago

Really fun hike! It was a little muddy from the rain but still fairly easy! There is a part where you cross the brook which is a little challenging but other than that it was great! Very pretty hiking up along the water! Would definitely do again.

I've done this countless times since I was a child and it never gets old. Love this trail.

I really enjoyed it. The trail was heavily traveled, but it was the beginning of the holiday weekend. Hit a few spots of snow and ice but nothing unmanageable. The summit was windy. I wish I had more time I would of headed up the ridge trail. Definitely go back.

Magnifique sentier dans la forêt. Ça coûte 16 Dollard par adulte mais ça vaut le coût !! Il y a des panneaux d'interprétation partout, les plantes au bord du sentier sont identifiées il y a des escaliers en bois en parfait état qui nous permet de suivre les gorges. Le sentier aussi est en très bon état. Ça nous a pris environ 1h30. On était sous la pluie et c'était très beau.

hiking
1 month ago

Very good hike, it’s well worth the 16$ fee ! The trail is in perfect condition, and there are a lot of information points along the way. The waterfall is amazing and you know everything about it when you leave. It took us about 1h40. Worth it even under a lot of rain !

Perfect day hike. I only saw 2 people toward the beginning of the trail and then had the whole place to myself. Beautiful views at the top!

Completed the loop in 6 hours. Ascent up Little Haystack had a tiny bit of snow - we didn't need spikes but they could be helpful for that tiny section. Very windy on the Ridgeline. Descent had a tiny bit of snow, less than ascent. Beautiful hike! We saw why it is so popular.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful scenery! Highly recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

We are new to hiking but this is my favorite hike yet (and we hiked Shenandoah last year). It's off season so there was literally not one other person on the trail. It was still icy in places but melted enough to get around it. The trail features 2 covered bridges, a huge waterfall, frozen falls, the gorge, the rushing Pemigewassett River, a 40 ft deep pool, giant boulders, awesome lookout over the river and gorge, fascinating trees growing around rocks. the temperature change near the river was significant and felt so refreshing! A little steep and challenging in spots but I would say the easy side of moderate. For me, the perfect hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful gorge with a lovely bubbling brook - just be sure to be there before they open in the morning and be the first to hit the trail if you're visiting in spring/summer/fall. Otherwise it can get unpleasantly busy.

Beautiful to view in the winter with frozen and running falls. Some icy areas, wear proper footwear to make it easier. Loved the winter beauty!

It's a nice trail, but don't do that, do the whole loop on the franconia ridge, it's definitely worth the few extra miles! You are already up there, so why skip the best part?

hiking
2 months ago

It's a nice trail, but don't do that, do the whole loop on the franconia ridge, it's definitely worth the few extra miles! You are already up there, so why skip the best part?

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